This article will explain two different methods on mounting images as a CD-ROM/DVD-ROM on Windows (including Windows 7). The first option will work on all Windows flavors and for .iso, .bin, .cue, .uif, .nrg, and .img file extensions. The second option works on Windows XP only and supports only .iso files.
Option #1 (Windows 2K/XP/Vista/7)
- Download MagicDisc which is a freeware, ad-free, spyware-free software by clicking here.
- Install this software and you will now see a icon in your system tray (bottom-right corner of Windows)
- Right-click on the icon and choose Virtual CD/DVD-ROM -> E: No Media -> Mount… (Note: On your system E: may be substituted with another letter)
- An Open file dialog will now open, choose the image file you would like to mount and click OK
- Thats it! You can now access the files by navigating to the drive letter in Windows Explorer
Option #2 (Windows XP and .ISO Only)
- Download Virtual CD-ROM Control Panel from Microsoft by clicking here.
- Run the downloaded file and extract the files into a folder (e.g. c:\vcd)
- Copy VCdRom.sys to your %systemroot%\system32\drivers folder (e.g. c:\windows\system32\drivers)
- Run VCdControlTool.exe
- Click Driver control
- If the Install Driver button is available, click it. Navigate to the %systemroot%\system32\drivers folder, select VCdRom.sys, and click Open.
- Click Start
- Click OK
- Click Add Drive to add a drive to the drive list. Ensure that the drive added is not a local drive. If it is, continue to click Add Drive until an unused drive letter is available.
- Select an unused drive letter from the drive list and click Mount
- Navigate to the image file, select it, and click OK
You may now use the drive letter as if it were a local CD-ROM device. When you are finished you may unmount, stop, and remove the driver from memory using the driver control