How to Run an ISO File

By Randall Shatto

An ISO file is a disk image. You use this type of format for running CDs or DVDs on your hard drive without using the disc. You can also download ISO files. To run an ISO you need to burn the image to a CD or DVD disc. Alternatively, you can use an ISO image software program. This method will save time and money running the ISO directly from your computer. You can "Mount" and "Unmount" all of your ISO application as well as other disc imaging formats.

Things You'll Need

  • ISO imaging software

Step 1

Download and setup an ISO imaging program. Daemon Tools Lite and PowerISO create and run ISOs among other imaging formats. Daemon is free to use while PowerISO is about $30 with a free trial. After installation, a restart of the computer is mandatory.

Step 2

View your toolbar. On the bottom, right corner of the screen is a quick launch toolbar. Both Daemon Tools and PowerISO are in this bar. If they are not, use the "Start" menu and then "All Programs" to bring up the ISO imaging software.

Step 3

Right-click on the program in your toolbar. In Daemon Tools, click on the "Virtual CD\DVD-ROM" tab. Select "Device 0:" and press "Mount Image." A hard drive window will appear. Choose the ISO and press "Open." With PowerISO, select the "Mount Image to Drive" option. Locate the ISO and click, "Open."

Step 4

Wait until the image loads. Daemon Tools will have an "AutoPlay" window pop-up. Select, "Run," "Install" or "Setup." With PowerISO, click the on "My Computer" icon. Double-click the virtual drive, typically this is the "F:" or "G:" letter. The ISO will automatically run.

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