How to Open an ISO Image File

By R.L. Cultrona

An ISO is an image file which contains uncompressed files. Usually this type of file is placed on a CD to clone the CD the image was made from. However, mounting an ISO file to a CD is not the only way to open it. You can use your computer to get access to the files without burning a new disc, or, if you want to take the ISO files with you, you can mount them to a CD-ROM.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer with Internet Access
  • WinRar extracting program.
  • Daemon Tools Virtual Drive software
  • ISO Recorder Power Toy
  • Blank CD-ROM.

WinRAR

Step 1

Open up your Web browser. Go to rarlab.com/download to get the newest version of WinRAR. Double-click the installation file and follow the instructions to install the program.

Step 2

Right click on the file and select "Extract Here..." from the list. WinRAR has added these options to that menu to open ISO and ZIP files. The file will become a ZIP file in the same folder as the ISO.

Step 3

Right click on the ZIP file which was created and select "Extract Here" again. The files will open up and load into the folder with the

Daemon Tools

Step 1

Go to daemon-tools.cc and download the Daemon Tools installation file. Double click on the file and follow the instructions on the screen to install the file on your hard drive. Start the program to show a new icon in your system tray (located at the bottom right hand side of your screen).

Step 2

Right click on the new Daemon Tools system tray icon and choose "Virtual CD/ROM." Then click on "Set number of devices" and "1 drive." The program will create a virtual CD ROM drive on your computer.

Step 3

Left-click on the Daemon tools icon once it has done creating the drive. Click on the "Device 0: No Media" option. Browse through your computer to find the ISO file. Click on it to select it and click "OK."

Step 4

Double-click on the "My Computer" icon on the desktop. You will see an icon for your virtual drive. Double-click on the virtual drive to access the files in the ISO file. What you have done is virtually mounted the ISO to this drive.

Step 5

Left-click on the Daemon Tools icon and select "Unmount all drives" to rid the drive of the ISO file. Right click on the icon, click on "Set number of devices" and then click on "disable" to close the virtual drive.

ISO Recorder Power Toy

Step 1

Download the ISO Recorder Power Toy installation file and double click it to begin the installation process. Follow all instructions to install the program.

Step 2

Open your CD-ROM drive and insert a blank disc into the drive. Close the drive door.

Step 3

Browse through your computer's files until you find the ISO file you want to mount to the disk. Right click the file and click on "Copy Image to CD" to open up the ISO burning wizard. Click on "Burn" to mount the file to the CD.

Step 4

Remove the CD when it stops burning. Test the CD in another computer. It should act exactly as the original CD did.