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Randy Guthrie – Microsoft Technical Evangelist http://blogs.msdn.com/MIS_Laboratory
One of the small but sometimes annoying challenges of software offerings in DreamSpark and MSDN is that the software downloads are largely in .ISO format. This requires going through some extra steps to burn the software to a DVD or USB storage keys. One of the little known but very nice features in Windows 8 is the ability to “mount” .ISO files directly and run the software installation from the location where it was downloaded.
The process is essentially a “one-click” step: right-mouse click on the .ISO file and select “Mount” with a left mouse click. The extracted file list will appear. You then click the “set-up” .EXE file to install the software. Its that simple.
Select the .ISO file
Right-mouse click on the file, then Left-click the “Mount” option
The extracted image appear. Double left-click on “set-up.exe” to start the installation.
when i clik on mount. It say the the dis is corrupted. wat should i do
ITS GREAT OPTION, IN WONDOWS 8.1
THANKS FOR HELP TO FIND OUT THIS OPTION.
When I first tried to mount the ISO file I got the mount option but also an error message saying "couldn't mount file" "sorry there was a problem mounting this file". Now when I try to mount the mount option isn't available and if I chose Explorer I get the same error message. I am running the latest version of Win8 on a Surface Pro.
Hi. In spite of the error message the ISO file was, in fact, mounted as a virtual DVD drive. I didn't see the drive as it appeared at the very bottom of my file tree. Sorry for any inconvenience.
For people who can't see the "Mount" option when they right click an .ISO file.
Right click and select "Open With" then choose "Windows Explorer".
....Should solve your problem.
It is no longer required to rename the file to ".iso" before attempting to mount.
Right click the img file, if mount is not displayed as an option by default, it is possible the file type was reassociated some other time. In this case, select Open with Windows Explorer.
The file will mount to a virtual drive. Click to open if necessary, and select the appropriate setup executable.
You went straight for the absolute least likely problem that Dylan, who is admittedly computer illterate, could possibly have -- He's most definitely not using Win RT, practically no one is. And you probably confused the hell out of him, too.
The "Mount" option does not appear if you have configured ISOs to be loaded in any other software, such as WinRAR, which can also read ISOs.
You can select "Open With" then select "Windows Explorer", which does the same as the "Mount" option would do if it were there.
Why it works that way, is completely bizarre.
Thanks a lot. It was very useful. I've been stuck for several days tryin to figure out why my Daemon tools cant mount this files and the way you explained was to easy to even think about it.
Thanks for savin me lots of time :)
it doesn't work.. how can i fix this?
I mounted the ISO and see a drive but when I try to play the game it doesn't work.....wth?
Very useful thank you!!! If you don't see the option to "mount" just right click and select open with : windows explorer
You can mount iso's in Win 7 if you want, virtual sheep or clone drive or whatever it's called is the best one, you'd find it on Cnet I reckon.
Hi, I am having issues with this. I downloaded the ISO of Office2013. I right click and mount. I run setup and then I get an error that some of the .mst or .msi files cannot be found. When I point to the correct directory the install still fails. Help Please! Thanks, Chuck
The mounting feature is great. Good by to Daemon Tools and the like for many of my needs. I agree this is a good thing that was overdue.
@ Randy, most ISO files are images of the disk they were created of which is why they can be read from stand alone readers so there is typically no compression. They are used more for bundling many files onto one where some downloads would require millions of files to be downloaded which would be a pain and would slow down some downloads and could be a pain to be hash checked etc and for providing a disk image.
@ Jimbo, I have not tried it on all Windows 8 versions but it does work on Windows 8.1 and 8.1 Pro and it sounds like it should work on all Windows 8 versions except RT which would be found on devices such as tablets rather than PCs and laptops. For example, Surface Pro should be running versions of Windows that can do this whereas the standard Surface running RT would not.
Eric, your tips to use windows explorer is great.It works like a charm!.