How to Run an ISO File Without Burning on a DVD
An ISO file is a virtual image of a physical disk, typically created for back-up purposes and then burned to a CD or DVD. Some people prefer to occasionally run an ISO file directly from their hard drives rather than utilize physical disks. Multiple third-party ISO imaging programs allow an ISO file to run in a virtual environment. While many ISO imaging programs charge fees, several free options are available as well.
Daemon Tools Lite
Download the Daemon Tools Lite software.
Save the file to your desktop, then double-click on the program's icon. Follow the installation instructions, and open the program when prompted at the end of installation.
Click on the Daemon Tools Lite icon, and click "Virtual device."
Select the desired ISO file in the dialog box that opens. Click "Open." The file will mount in the virtual device and can be run by double-clicking on the image file on your desktop.
Download the ISOBuster software.
Save the file to your desktop, then double-click on the ISOBuster icon. Follow the installation instructions, and open the program when prompted at the end of installation.
Scroll through the drop-down list on the top left side of the program window to select a hard drive to browse.
Click "Open Image File" in the toolbar.
Browse the hard drive to find the desired ISO image. Double-click on the ISO image to mount and run the file on a virtual device. Multiple ISO files can be run at once using ISOBuster.
Tips & Warnings
- Both Daemon Tools Lite and ISOBuster have free and paid versions with different functionality.
- Virtually running several ISO files at one time consumes a lot of system resources.