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 10 and Windows 8.1, you don’t 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. With Windows 8, Microsoft added the ability to mount ISO files with a click and feature is available in Windows 10 as well. With this feature, one can mount an ISO file without the help of third-party tools.
As said before, in Windows 10/8.1, an ISO image 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 This PC (My Computer). One can mount multiple ISO files without any problems.
Mount and unmount an ISO file in Windows 10/8.1
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 window with the contents of the mounted ISO file. If not, double-click on the new virtual drive in This PC (Computer/My Computer) to access ISO file contents.
Step 4: To unmount, right-click on the virtual drive in This PC (Computer/My 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.