Windows 8 introduces a new feature concerning disks and virtual drives: it is now possible to mount disk images via explorer without using third party applications such as Daemon Tools that create virtual disk drives to be able to use images without burning them on a CD or DVD first. The feature is really easy to find - just select the image in Windows explorer and click on Mount in the top navigation pane (Ribbon, if you have not altered it)...

... or just right-click the image and choose Mount:

The image will then be mounted in a virtual drive which is accessible just like any other disks.

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18 thoughts on “Mount disk images in Windows 8

  • October 12, 2012 at 9:19 pm
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    Thx for the tip, i try’d poweriso first but windows crached ^^
    Nice feature 🙂

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  • October 26, 2012 at 7:01 am
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    i was using win 7 annd poweriso but the prog says its being used by another prog tried cyberlink it says theres not enough space on disk win 8 is tricky but we will master it!

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  • November 3, 2012 at 12:50 pm
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    Just installed windows 8 and I do not have this mount option… All the old programs used to mount images dont work either… Know of a way to enable this feature?

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    • November 9, 2012 at 9:54 am
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      Open the disk image with Windows Explorer. It’ll automatically mount it to a virtual drive.

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      • December 5, 2012 at 4:20 am
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        Thank you very much. Your suggestion helped me. I almost spent half hour. After double clicking iso file, it showed me two options, one is Windows Explorer. Selected it, and I see Dis Image options now.

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  • November 16, 2012 at 6:03 am
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    No this option is unavailable, WIn8 Pro x64 no option at all like this.

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  • November 27, 2012 at 5:58 pm
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    I have Windows 8 Pro x64 and it is available and works great on mine. I just right clicked and it worked. I had isoburner installed first and the option wasn’t there. So make sure you do not have any other iso burners installed first and it should work!

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  • December 11, 2012 at 8:15 pm
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    Have Win8 64bit with Roxio installed, the mount option is not available because Roxio took over the default program for .ISO, the way around this is to right click – open with – Windows Explorer… it may give you an error but if you check you should now have the virtual drive with the ISO mounted.

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  • February 2, 2013 at 2:32 am
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    Couldn’t find ‘mount’, but instead I opened it with “Open With…” and then choose Explorer. The Windows mounted it automagicaly…

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  • February 18, 2013 at 1:33 pm
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    Just Woow…!!

    I fedup with other mounting software.. windows 8 got another cool function..
    thank for the shareing…!!!

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  • March 29, 2013 at 3:56 pm
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    Mount disk images in Windows 8

    1. Right-click the .ISO file, choose Properties.

    2. Click the Change button.

    3. Choose Windows Explorer from the application list.

    4. The Opens With option will change back to Windows Explorer.

    5. Click Apply, then OK to close the properties window.

    6. Right-click the ISO file.

    Mount will be one of the top options.

    Conclusion
    Windows 8 ISO mounting is now back to its default operation. Remember that if you re-install another disc image burning application, or configure Windows to open the .ISO file format with a 3rd party application, you will need to perform this procedure again.

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  • April 1, 2013 at 6:09 pm
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    For those of you where mount is not showing up in file explorer. Go into the control panel –> services. Change Virtual Disk services to automatically and then start it. The mount will now be in File explorer. Once a disk is mounted just right click on drive and eject to un-mount.

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  • May 16, 2013 at 3:48 pm
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    Thanks Buddy ..!! I was just about to buy blank dvd cheers 🙂

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  • May 20, 2013 at 1:44 am
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    I used to used MagicDisc. Wouldn’t work on Win 3+5(Win 8 seems like an updated version of 3.1 to me) I will try this once I get this Iso downloaded.

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  • June 25, 2013 at 10:41 pm
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    i had mounted 1 dvd of 2 but during installation setup requires 2nd dvd plz help

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  • July 11, 2013 at 2:23 pm
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    Thank u guys it works…………….

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  • April 13, 2014 at 6:22 pm
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    Does this works with isz files?

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  • September 6, 2014 at 11:03 am
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    Is there anyway to change it to mount to the usb drive?

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