Mounting ISO files is the easiest way to access their data without burning CD/DVD. While Linux and Mac have native support for ISO files; in this article, I will cover what is an ISO file and how to mount them in Windows using freeware tools.

FYI: Windows 8 has native support for ISO and VHD files and you can mount and access their data via Windows Explorer easily.

What is an ISO file?

An ISO file is simply a disc image stored as a file, composed of all of the contents of a CD/DVD disc. In sort an ISO file as a full-fidelity image (digital copy) of the optical disc.

There are tons of freeware and paid tools that mount ISO and other image files, but I am going to mention some names that are freeware, easy to use and the most importantly digitally signed applications.

Let’s talk about that I like the most i.e. Pismo File Mount Audit Package. It is a tiny Windows app that mounts ZIP, ISO, Compact ISO, Compact File Set and Private Folder files to the file system as virtual folders.

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Pismo File Mount Audit Package – Mounting ISO file in Windows 7

Pismo File Mount Audit Package’s Key Features:

  • Ease of access: Shell integration (context menus and drag-drop handlers) makes it easy to use like just opening a folder.
  • Broad support for Windows:  Supports all versions of Microsoft Windows since Windows 2000 including both 32 bit and 64 bit editions.
  • Command line interface: Allowing scripting and automation are great help for power users and IT pros.
  • It is digitally signed app, so it’s safe and also available for free for both personal and business use.

How to:

  1. Download the latest version of Pismo File Mount Audit Package from the links given below.
  2. Run the setup and follow the wizard to complete installation.
  3. Now right click on ISO file and choose Quick mount or Mount… (To set visibility or access privileges)
  4. And that’s it. Your ISO file will be turned into a simple folder.

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Download: Pismo File Mount Audit Package

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2 responses to “How to mount/emulate ISO files in Windows XP/Vista/7”

  1. newoutlaw Avatar

    self proclaimed MVP and .NET rockstar……douche!
    Thanks for the ISO tips though…!

  2. chuck Avatar

    “but I am going to mention some names that are freeware” So,the others are…

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