Windows 8 Will Support Native ISO Image Mounting

By Lowell Heddings on August 30th, 2011

One of the most popular searches for Windows 7 on this site is how to mount an ISO image in Windows, and now Microsoft has announced that it will be a native ability in Windows 8.

So how does this work in Windows 8? It’s quite simple – just “mount” the ISO file (you can select mount from the enhanced Explorer ribbon or double-click or right-click on the file), and a new drive letter appears, indicating that the contents are now readily accessible. Underneath the covers, Windows seamlessly creates a “virtual” CDROM or DVD drive for you on-the-fly so you can access your data.

Accessing data in ISO and VHD files [MSDN]

Lowell Heddings, better known online as the How-To Geek, spends all his free time bringing you fresh geekery on a daily basis. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 08/30/11
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