Scott Hanselman

How to mount ISO CDROM files as Virtual Drives - Virtual CD ISO Image Mounter

December 06, 2003 Comment on this post [3] Posted in XML | Tools
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I get a LOT of email about the missing link in my Ultimate Tools list wondering how to Mount ISO files.  Apparently, now it's distributable, and you can get it from Microsoft: Virtual CD-ROM Control Panel for Windows XP.  Damned useful, especially when you have 200+ Gigs of ISO files. :)

The following tool for Windows XP allows image files to be mounted virtually as CD-ROM devices. This tool is provided here for your convenience, and is unsupported by Microsoft Product Support Services.

(Via Mike Gunderloy on win_tech_off_topic - this tool is pointed to on the MSDN subscriptions FAQ page - click on "What are ISO image files and how do I use them?" and the link is near the bottom of that section.)
[Via Adrian Bateman (VisionTech)]

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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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December 06, 2003 4:08
I find DAEMON tools more useful and easy to use and works on XP.
December 08, 2003 11:36
I too use Daemon tools and the support for loading CDs with emulation for copy protection is amazing.
December 29, 2003 11:57
Yeah Daemon Tools and Nero's own ImageDrive are both good enough to load image files ... Daemon tools provides an option to create 4 virtual drives and to load images in every one of them !!!

Scott, does this Virtual CD-ROM Control Panel for Windows XP load images of other formats ( other than ISO ) ???

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