Windows 8 to Allow users to Mount ISO Images

Sunday, September 4, 2011


Windows 8 is set to do what Mac could do for a while… mount disk images. This means that there will be no need for third party software and frankly: it’s about time!

As seen on the Building Windows Blog, Sinofsky introduces the new native support for ISO images and VHD images in Windows Explorer. Here is how it will work:

Say that you want to install Office 2010. All you need to do is click on the ISO image and a Disk Image Tools Tab will pop up which will allow you to either Mount or Burn the image.

Once it is mounted, it will act like a CD image allowing you to see it and use it.

When you’re done with it, all you have to do is eject it.

The same principles apply to a VHD image. A VHD image is a virtual hard disk that is made by Microsoft Virtual Machine Software (Windows Virtual Machine, Hyper-V, Microsoft Virtual PC 2007).

When you mount the VHD image, it will act like a hard drive and allow you to access and tweak files from within.

You can access it and tweak it like any other hard drive.

And when you are done, you can eject it.

For those who need a virtual drive before Windows 8 comes, I recommend Virtual Clone Drive. Most common DVD maker software also comes with the ability to mount ISOs – like MagicISO, Daemon Tools and IMG Burn.

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