How To Mount ISO Files in Windows 10/11

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Mounting an ISO file in Windows, especially in the latest versions like Windows 10/11, is a straightforward process that can be accomplished using built-in tools without the need for third-party software. Here’s a guide based on the latest methods:

Mounting an ISO File in Windows 10/11

Mounting an ISO file in Windows 11 can be done in several ways, each tailored to different user preferences and requirements.

  1. Double-Click Method

    This is the simplest method to mount an ISO file in Windows 10/11. It involves minimal steps and does not require any command line or additional software.

    • Navigate to the folder where the ISO file is located using File Explorer.
    • Locate the ISO file and double-click on it.
    • The ISO file will be automatically mounted as a virtual drive visible in File Explorer.
    • To access the contents, simply open the virtual drive.
    • When finished, you can unmount the ISO file by right-clicking on the virtual drive and selecting ‘Eject’.
  2. Context Menu Method

    If the double-click method is not preferred or does not work, the ISO file can be mounted via the context menu in File Explorer.

    • Press Windows key + E to open File Explorer.
    • Navigate to the location of the ISO file.
    • Right-click on the ISO file and select ‘Mount’ from the context menu.
    • The ISO file will then be mounted in a new virtual drive in File Explorer.
    • Access the mounted ISO file by opening the new virtual drive.
    • To unmount, right-click on the virtual drive and select ‘Eject’.
  3. Using Windows PowerShell

    For users who prefer using command-line tools, Windows PowerShell provides a way to mount ISO files.

    • Open Windows PowerShell as an administrator by searching for it in the Start menu, right-clicking, and selecting ‘Run as administrator’.
    • Navigate to the directory where the ISO file is stored, right-click on it, and select ‘Copy as Path’.
    • In PowerShell, type the command Mount-DiskImage -ImagePath "PathToYourISO.iso", replacing “PathToYourISO.iso” with the actual path to the ISO file.
    • Press Enter to execute the command, and the ISO file will be mounted.
    • To access the contents, open File Explorer and navigate to the virtual drive.
    • To unmount, use the command Dismount-DiskImage -ImagePath "PathToYourISO.iso" in PowerShell, replacing the path as before.

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Unmounting an ISO File in Windows 10/11

After using the ISO file, you may want to unmount it to free up system resources. Unmounting is a straightforward process in Windows 11.

  • Navigate to ‘This PC’ in File Explorer where the virtual drives are listed.
  • Right-click on the virtual drive that represents the mounted ISO file.
  • Select ‘Eject’ from the context menu.
  • The virtual drive will disappear, indicating that the ISO file has been successfully unmounted.

Converting Files and Folders to ISO in Windows 11/10

Windows does not include a native feature for converting files and folders to ISO, but this can be achieved using third-party tools.

  • Using AnyToISO

    • Download and install AnyToISO from its official website.
    • Launch the AnyToISO program.
    • Select the ‘Folder to ISO’ tab.
    • Use ‘Browse for folder’ to select the source file or folder.
    • Choose the destination path where the ISO file will be saved.
    • Click ‘Create ISO’ to start the conversion process.
  • Note: While AnyToISO is a popular choice, there are other software options available for this task.

Burning ISO Files in Windows 11/10

Burning ISO files to a disc or USB drive is also possible in Windows 11 without the need for third-party software.

  1. To CD/DVD

    • Insert a blank CD or DVD into your computer’s disc drive.
    • Right-click on the ISO file and select ‘Burn disc image’.
    • In the Windows Disc Image Burner window, select the drive and check ‘Verify disc after burning’ if desired.
    • Click ‘Burn’ to start the process.
    • Once completed, the disc will contain the data from the ISO file.
  2. To USB Drive

    • Mount the ISO file or open it using Windows File Explorer.
    • Select all files within the ISO file (Ctrl+A).
    • Right-click and choose ‘Send to’ followed by your USB drive.
    • Wait for the files to copy to the USB drive.
    • The USB drive will now contain the contents of the ISO file.

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