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Feature: Enable ISO Mounting as native in Windows 7 Explorer

Submitted by cthames on February 3, 2009 to Usability

Since Virtual CD doesn't work any more a native integrated way (in Explorer) to mount ISO to the My Computer. It would also solve any conflicts with drivers and the like. I had to use System Restore in order to get Windows 7 to work again after trying many free ISO mounters out there.

It would be beneficial for MSDN subscribers and the general public and would also get rid of Spy-ware ridden software that enables this. So the solution would be to have a native integrated way (in Explorer) like Zip except it asks to mount the ISO instead.

A possible other option is to do like zip and be able to copy files out of an ISO.




Now on Windows 8!

Discussion (17 comments)

logic_earth wrote on February 3, 2009, 4:29pm

I use Virtual CloneDrive from Slysoft which does work for mounting ISO files.

Also works on 64-bit!

cthames wrote on February 3, 2009, 4:34pm

Changed solution description.

cthames wrote on February 3, 2009, 4:38pm

I use that now, but in trying to find one that worked with Win 7 I had to System Restore my x64 version.... Funny thing is that System Restore just continually loaded forever. I had to boot off of Windows 7 install disk in order to do a System Restore.

I guess I would have saved at least an hour plus not had to worry about spy-ware if there was a native integrated way to include ISO mounting in Windows Explorer on .ISO file types.

Shouldn't be that hard to add. Maybe it is just because I'm a developer, but CONSTANTLY use Virtual CD to mount my ISO (in XP) and it would be best for Microsoft to also include it in the OS rather than a separate tool like they did with Virtual CD.

Thunderbuck wrote on February 3, 2009, 11:06pm

Yeah, Virtual CloneDrive fried my Win7 install, too. Tried Alcohol 120%, and it did the same thing.

I really need this functionality. I hope someone figures out a way to provide it.

caze wrote on February 12, 2009, 11:37am

Virtual CloneDrive works for me, in that it mounts ISOs fine. I've had weird bugs in explorer ever since I installed it though, usually when I try and copy files from the network, the Explorer process then freezes into an un-killable state requiring a hard reboot (normal shutdown just freezes too). If it can mount VHDs I can't see that there'd be much work required to mount ISOs too.

delf wrote on February 12, 2009, 8:12pm

This should be added. Programs like Virtual PC have this ability, so why can't they port this over to Windows Explorer?

lollebol wrote on February 23, 2009, 8:25pm

power iso works fine for me but still microsoft should implement this

litemininyuszika wrote on March 2, 2009, 8:26pm

Yeah, iso burning is already supported, therefore, mounting is also need to be added.

jsmith46 wrote on January 19, 2010, 2:22pm

The funny thing is that the virtual drive service that allows for mounting VHD files was designed to also be able to use ISO files in a similar fashion. So to solve this problem, they should just finish support for that, actually ship it, and add an option to disk management to mount an ISO. I'm guessing ISO support will be read-only, but that is all that most users really need anyway.

n49o7 wrote on January 27, 2010, 1:41pm

Daemon tools provides on the fly iso mounting, even if the program is not started. However, you have to run it to unmount (using windows integrated tools you can only eject the virtual tray, so the file is still listed as in use).
Still +1

fiver wrote on May 6, 2010, 2:48am

Pismo file mount is a very good alternative.

Big oversight on MS's part not including this functionality.

AllUltima wrote on July 6, 2010, 3:58pm

I still use Daemon tools lite, never had the slightest issue with windows 7 with it.

fluxs vigina wrote on May 14, 2011, 6:29am

id like a systen update key that has protect i dont like virtual cd you don,t now if you have permisssion or not and what your permision is if the header icon information starts changeing what do you do go back to the shop for a refund

fluxs vigina wrote on May 14, 2011, 6:31am

not windows microsoft related

fluxs vigina wrote on May 14, 2011, 6:34am

not windows microsoft related

c-dan wrote on July 19, 2011, 3:01am

please changed this to fixed... It is coming in win 8, already present in current builds

nyp wrote on October 27, 2011, 4:33am

Changed status from [Not fixed] to [Not fixed]

nyp wrote on October 27, 2011, 4:33am

Changed status from [Not fixed] to [Not fixed]

nyp wrote on October 27, 2011, 4:33am

Changed status from [Not fixed] to [Fixed]

pachary wrote on May 13, 2013, 3:27am

Comment edited on June 1, 2013, 11:29am

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