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An ISO file is a disk image of a cd or dvd. One way to open an iso file is to burn the iso image onto a cd or dvd and most disc burning software can do this, but make sure to look for the “Burn ISO” or “Burn Disc Image”. After the image has been burned to the disc it will work just like the original cd or dvd.
Now another popular option is to “mount” the iso image, this allows you to open the iso file without burning it onto a disc. It can do that by creating a virtual drive on your computer then it opens the image in the virtual drive.
The one I use is a free program called Daemon Tools but it’s been getting a bad reputation lately because recent versions of the program installs spyware/adware. There is a simple solution to this, when installing Daemon Tools make sure to uncheck “Daemons Tools Search Bar” during the installation steps. You do not want that crap on your system. I’m kind of ashamed recommending this to you because it can install adware if you are not careful, but it’s the only one I use and works great you just need to make sure the optional search toolbar is unchecked and you should be fine.
Yesterday I talked a little bit about how to open ISO files today I will show you how to mount an ISO file using Daemon Tools which is a free program. Please remember to uncheck the “Daemons Tools Search Bar” when installing the program for the first time, you do not want that adware garbage. Get the latest version here.
After installing Daemon Tools, open the program and you should see a little icon with a red lightning bolt on your system tray.
1. Right click on that icon and go to “Virtual CD/DVD-ROM”
2. This step may not be necessary because it should be set by default. Go to “Set number of devices” and set it to “1″, you have created your virtual drive. The program will give the virtual drive it’s own drive letter mine happens to “Drive E”
3. So now we can mount our ISO, right click on the icon again and go to Virtual CD/DVD-ROM > Device 0: > Mount image
4. All you have to do now is browse for the iso image and click “Open” now your iso file should be opened