Have you downloaded the ISO image of a software or a game from the Internet and don't intend to waste diskettes to install it? No problem. There are extremely easy to use applications that create virtual drives and allow you to use all the data in the ISO images without consuming CDs, DVDs or Blu-Ray.
Yes, you read that right! These programs perfectly simulate the presence of a disk in the computer and "trick" the system to allow the installation (or use) of programs and games without consuming physical media. If you want to know more, take five minutes of free time and keep reading, we're about to find out how to open ISO file in an easy, fast and free way.
How do you say? Are you using a Mac and not a Windows PC? No problem, even Macs can open ISO files and “mount” them in virtual drives. But now let's not get lost in chat further, let's take a look at the best software to open CD, DVD and Blu-Ray image files and find out how to make the most of their potential. I assure you that you will not encounter any difficulties in using them.
How to Open ISO Files on Windows
It was used Windows 10 o Windows 8.x, know that you do not have to resort to any external program to open the ISO files, you can do everything with the features included "standard" in the operating system.
Do not you believe it? Then right click on the image file you want to open, select the item Monta from the menu that appears and wait a few seconds. A virtual CD / DVD drive will be created in which you will find all the data present in the ISO file. To access it, select the item computer o What PC from the sidebar of the Explorer and double click on the virtual drive icon created by Windows.
If you are using an older version of Windows, you can open ISO file with Virtual CloneDrive. It is a free application created by the same developers of CloneCD and CloneDVD (who founded a new company after the closure of the historic software house SlySoft) that allows you to "mount" ISO, BIN and CCD files in a maximum number of 8 virtual drives. It works with all versions of Windows, from XP onwards.
To download Virtual CloneDrive on your PC, connect to the manufacturer's website and click on the button Download located next to the program name. Once the download is complete, open the installation package named SetupVirtualCloneDrivexx.exe and click in sequence on Yes, Accept, forward, Install, Install e Close to conclude the setup.
At this point, start Virtual CloneDrive and select, through the appropriate drop-down menu, the number of units where you want to “mount” the ISO files. When the operation is completed, right click on the image file to open, select the item Monta (Virtual CloneDrive X 🙂 from the menu that opens (where the CloneDrive drive letter is in place of the “X:”) and the ISO file will be “mounted” instantly.
To “unmount” an image previously opened with Virtual CloneDrive, go to My Computer / This PC, right click on the virtual drive of the program and select the item Eject give the menu to compare.
WinCDEmu it's another excellent one program to open ISO files for free without burning which creates a virtual CD / DVD drive on your PC and allows you to "mount" any ISO file as if it were a real disk inserted in your PC. Here's how it works.
First, connect to the WinCDEmu website and click on the green button Download twice in a row to download the program to your PC. When the download is complete, double click on it to open the file you just downloaded (WinCDEmu-xx.exe) and, in the window that opens, first click on the button Yes and then install, Install e OK but I will complete the setup.
Once the installation is complete, start WinCDEmu settings by clicking on the appropriate icon in Start> All Programs> WinCDEmu. In the window that opens, make sure there is a check mark next to the item Ask before mounting an image and that the language use is set Italian company and save the program settings by clicking on the button OK.
At this point all you have to do is click with the right mouse button on the ISO image to "mount" and select the item Select a drive and mount the image from the menu that appears. In the window that opens, select the letter to assign to the WinCDEmu virtual drive from the appropriate drop-down menu and click on the button OK to “mount” the ISO file.
It's done! In a few moments you'll see a new CD / DVD drive icon appear in My Computer / This PC and, by double clicking on it, you will be able to browse the content of the selected ISO image. The ISO image is “unmounted” from the virtual drive with a simple system reboot (or by selecting the item Eject from the Windows context menu).
daemon Tools is the software for open ISO file most popular in the world. It allows you to create numerous virtual drives that simulate the presence of CDs, DVDs and Blu-Ray of any kind on your computer. It is extremely easy to use and is available in two versions: a basic one, which is free but has promotional content that you must "dodge" during the initial setup, and a more advanced paid version. To open the ISO files, the free one is enough.
To download the free version of Daemon Tools on your PC, connect to the program's website and click on the button Download. Once the download is complete, open the installation package named DTLiteInstaller.exe and click on first Yes and then Free license with ads.
Then wait for all the components necessary for the software to work from the Internet (it shouldn't take long) and start the Damon Tools setup by clicking on the button Install. In the window that opens, put the check mark next to the item Free license, or forward twice consecutively, remove the check mark from the options relating to the installation of additional promotional software (eg. REACHit) and complete the setup by pressing first on forward and then Install, Install e Ends.
To use Daemon Tools, start the program, skip the tutorial initial and click on the icon Quickly mount located at the bottom left to select the ISO image to “mount”. When you're done using the ISO image, you can "unmount" it using the command Eject in the Explorer or by clicking on the yellow icon to eject the ISO file in the main screen of Daemon Tools (next to the drive icon, bottom left).
How to Open ISO Files on Mac
If you use a Mac you can “mount” the ISO files without using any third party application. All you have to do is double-click the image to explore and, almost as if by magic, it will become available in Finder. The credit is of DiskImageMounter, the software for virtual drive management integrated "standard" in OS X.
If DiskImageMounter is no longer the default application for managing virtual drives on your Mac, to "mount" the ISO file you have to click on its icon and select the items Open with> DiskImageMounter give the menu to compare.
To restore DiskImageMounter as the default application for managing virtual drives on your Mac, right-click on any file in ISO format and select the item Get information from the menu that appears. In the window that opens, expand the menu Open with, select DiskImageMounter from the drop-down menu that appears below and click on the button Edit everything to save the changes. In this way the ISO files will be automatically “mounted” upon double clicking.