Mount ISO Images Using Windows

by on October 15, 2007

Q: I downloaded an ISO file and I am trying to open it on my computer but I keep getting sent to Nero. Is there a way to actually open an ISO file on my computer without having to burn it in Nero?

A: Full ISO support is integrated into Mac OS X and most Linux systems by default, but not Windows. There are free options available to add this support to Windows. Microsoft provides a utility called Virtual CD-ROM Control Panel to mount ISO images in Windows XP. Some users have also reported success using this utility in Windows 2000. If you are using Windows Vista, or if you are unsatisfied with Microsoft’s utility, you might want to consider a program called Virtual CloneDrive. There are other programs available for download on the Internet but many of them contain spyware so be careful.