Sunday, 4 October 2009

Quickly mount an ISO in Windows XP-Vista-7

The last couple of days have been extremely full. Talk about keeping us busy!

Way to go Harry and the SMB Nation crew! This convention was one of the best that I have been to yet! :)

There was a need to get quick access to an OS ISO on this Windows 7 laptop. Unfortunately there was no way to mount the ISO natively in Windows 7.

A quick search turned up:


Virtual CloneDrive freeware.

After downloading and installing the utility the ISO was able to be mounted and its content accessed without rebooting the laptop.

Note that a reboot may be required for Windows XP.

Philip Elder
Microsoft Small Business Specialists
Co-Author: SBS 2008 Blueprint Book

*All Mac on SBS posts will not be written on a Mac until we replace our now missing iMac! (previous blog post)

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Chris Knight said...

Nice find. I've used Daemon Tools and MagicISO's MagicDisc in the past, but I've become quite partial to WinImage, as it give me access to VHDs and VMDKs. You can also convert between VHDs and VMDKs, although this requires some clean-up if you've moved a system drive.

Andy Parkes said...

I've recent started using 7-Zip for opening up ISOs

There is a portable version which means i can keep it on a USB drive and use it on any system

Absoblogginlutely! said...

Good choice - I've been using it for several years now and it works great. It is a bit worrying when you get prompted about the drivers not being signed when installing on a server though.
It's better than daemon tools as it doesn't get picked up (or include) spyware and MagicIso for me kept trying to get me to use their paid for product.