How to mount an ISO image: 12 steps (with pictures)

How to mount an ISO image: 12 steps (with pictures)
How to mount an ISO image: 12 steps (with pictures)
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ISO files, often very large, are images that are copied bit by bit from the contents of an optical disc. It is for this reason that they are often referred to as ISO images. They can be mounted as virtual disks on a computer without having to burn them to a CD or DVD first. You will be able to mount an ISO image on Windows and Mac and use it as if it were a CD or DVD.

Steps

Method 1 of 2: Mount an ISO image on Windows

Mount an ISO Image Step 1

Step 1. Open the menu

Windowsstart

Windows startup.

Click on the Windows logo which you will find in the lower left corner of your screen.

Mount an ISO Image Step 2

Step 2. Open

Windowsstartexplorer

the file explorer.

Click on the folder icon, which you will find in the lower left part of the start window.

Mount an ISO Image Step 3

Step 3. Find the ISO image to mount

You will most likely find it in the folder where you usually save your downloads. This folder should be listed in the left column of the file explorer. Open all additional files until you find your ISO image.

Mount an ISO Image Step 4

Step 4. Select the ISO image to mount

Click on it to select it.

Mount an ISO Image Step 5

Step 5. Click the tab labeled Administration

You will find it in the upper left corner of the window. A toolbar will appear below the tab.

Mount an ISO Image Step 6

Step 6. Click the Mount button

It can be found in the section called Administration from the toolbar. This will mount the ISO image as a virtual optical disk on your computer.

Mount an ISO Image Step 7

Step 7. Open the This Computer folder

It's on the left side of File Explorer, but you might have to scroll up or down the contents of that column to see it. Click on it to open it.

Mount an ISO Image Step 8

Step 8. Open your mounted ISO image

In the file This computer, below the title Disks and peripherals, double-click on the icon representing a DVD placed on a drive and bearing the name of your ISO image. It will open and display its contents.

Method 2 of 2: Mount ISO image on Mac

Mount an ISO Image Step 9

Step 1. Open Finder

In your Mac's dock, click the blue face icon.

Mount an ISO Image Step 10

Step 2. Find the ISO image to mount

You will most likely find it in the folder where you usually save your downloads. It should be listed in the left column of Finder. Open all additional folders until you find the one where your ISO image is located and click on it to open it.

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Step 3. Double click on the ISO image

This will immediately mount it as a virtual disk on your Mac.

Mount an ISO Image Step 12

Step 4. Click the name of the ISO image

You will see its name displayed in the left column of Finder, below the title Peripheral devices. Click on it to open it.

You will achieve the same result by double-clicking on the icon representing your ISO image which will appear on your Mac desktop after it has been mounted

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