There are many instances where we need to mount an ISO file to access its contents before burning it onto a CD/DVD. Many of us use the popular Virtual CloneDrive and DAEMON Tools Lite software for this job in Windows 7. But in Windows 8, you may not need to install these software as the latest Windows supports ISO mounting as well.
In Windows 7, Microsoft added the support to burn ISO files without using third-party burning software. Now with Windows 8, you can also mount ISO files with a click. If you are new to Windows 8, Microsoft has added ISO mount capabilities to its latest Windows operating system. With this feature, one can mount an ISO file without the help of third-party tools.
In Windows 8, an ISO file can be mounted just with a click. Right-click on an ISO file and then select Mount option to see a new optical drive in Computer (My Computer). One can mount multiple ISO files without any problems.
Here is how to mount and unmount an ISO file:
Step 1: Navigate to the location where you have saved the ISO file.
Step 2: Right-click on the ISO file and then select Mount option mount it.
Step 3: You should now see a new virtual drive under Devices with removable storage section in Computer. Double-click on the new virtual drive to access ISO file contents.
Step 4: To unmount, right-click on the virtual drive in Computer and then select Eject option.
NOTE: This feature is not available in Windows 7. Refer our how to mount ISO image files in Windows 7 guide to know more.