Other than burn an ISO image to CD or DVD in Vista, users may also want to mount the ISO, CUE/BIN, IMG, VCD (FarStone Virtual Drive), NRG (Nero Burning ROM), CCD (CloneCD), CIF (Easy CD Creator), DVD, UDF, MDS (Media Descriptor File), CDI (DiscJuggler), BWT (BlindWrite), PID (Instant CD/DVD Copy), B5T (BlindWrite 5) and other CD or DVD image file and open the data content in Vista itself without actually need to write the image to physical CD or DVD disc.
There are plenty of free and paid CD and DVD emulation software applications that create virtual CD and DVD drives to mount and play CDs and DVDs via software simulation.
DAEMON Tools: Daemon Tools / Daemon Tools Pro is CD and DVD emulation software which allows users to make CD/DVD disc images, create a virtual CD-ROM / DVD-ROM drives and play CDs and DVDs without the need for the physical disc or burning the image to disc. Daemon Tools program is famous as advanced application for multiprotection emulation, which emulate Generic Safedisc to allow running backup copies of SafeDisc (C-Dilla), Securom or Laserlock protected games. DAEMON Tools supports the most variety of popular image files including .cue, .bin, .iso, .ccd, .bwt, .mds, .cdi, .nrg, .pdi, .b5t.
Daemon Tools has free or paid version. Note that the free version (and even paid version) comes with an advertising software (aka spyware). You should try not to install the adware while installing. But most importantly, DAEMON Tools has full support and compatibility with all editions of Windows Vista, together with Win 2000, XP and 2003.
Download DAEMON Tools v4.10 with SPTD (CSI Pass Through Direct Layer) 1.50 for x86 32 bits version (daemon410-x86.exe) from here (build 128 only) or here (latest build of 4.10), and x64 64 bits version (daemon410-x64.exe) from here (build 128 only) or here (latest build of 4.10).
Latest version of Daemon Tools can be downloaded from its homepage. Once downloaded, simply run the installer to setup the virtual optical drive.
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