How To Mount ISO File In Windows 8

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.

Mount ISO File In Windows 8

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.

Mount ISO File In Windows 8

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.

Mount ISO File In Windows 8

Step 4: To unmount, right-click on the virtual drive in Computer and then select Eject option.

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NOTE: This feature is not available in Windows 7. Refer our how to mount ISO image files in Windows 7 guide to know more.


  1. Jonathan Gowdy says

    The problem with this feature is that some outdated programs that support reading and writing to and from drives may assume that the image being mounted in Windows 8 is a DVD-ROM instead of whatever you prefer it to be. This may lead up to certain restrictions on what to do with them. So it’s not all that reliable.

  2. apsonman says

    To Doug
    Right click on the desired .ISO file >Properties > cluck “Change” under the “General” tab > click on “Windows Explorer” > OK

  3. Doug says

    what if I don’t have that option on my Windows 8.1 notebook? Also missing the burn disc image option and the extract files option.

  4. John says

    But when you mount a game (one I already own) in order to play without the CD, it asks you to insert CD even though it is mounted already on the virtual drive… why is this??

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