How to Mount and Burn ISO Files in Windows 10 and Previous

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Microsoft and other companies often distribute software as an ISO file, an exact copy of a DVD. In Windows 8 and Windows 10, you can easily work with these files without needing third-party software. Here's how to mount the ISO image so you can see the contents and burn it to a physical disc so you can install the software on any computer.

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How to Mount and Unmount an ISO File in Windows

Mounting or opening an ISO file is as simple as double-clicking on it, thanks to Windows' built-in ISO-handling capabilities. In Windows 7 and earlier, you'd need to use a utility like Virtual Clone Drive to mount an ISO.

When you double-click on an ISO file in Windows 8 and above, however, it opens to show you the contents, just as if you were browsing a CD or DVD.

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In fact, it shows up as a virtual DVD drive and is assigned a drive letter. You can open and copy individual files and folders from the ISO once it's mounted.

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When you no longer need to work with the ISO, here's how to unmount it: Right-click on the drive and select Eject.

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How to Burn an ISO file to Disc

Creating a disc of the ISO contents, whether as a backup or to install the software on other computers, is a cinch too.

1. Insert a blank CD or DVD in your writable optical drive.

2. Right-click on the ISO file and select "Burn disk image."

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3. Select "Verify disc after burning" to make sure the ISO was burned without any errors.

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4. Click Burn.

That's it! Windows Disc Image Burner will do its thing and let you know when it's finished.

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Windows 10 doesn't include any built-in way to create an ISO file from a DVD, but there are free utilities that will help you do this, such as open-source InfraRecorder.

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