An .ISO file is a file that contains the complete image of a disc, either a CD or a DVD. Such files are often used when transferring CD and DVD images over the Internet (for example, most MSDN downloads that are available from the MSDN subscriber downloads page, AND the files that are delivered monthly with the MSDN subscription package â€“ are in .ISO format). ISO files are typically created through an application that will open, create, edit, and extract CD or DVD image files, then convert the extracted image to an .ISO file, easily allowing users to burn an exact copy of the original onto CD or DVD.
When you get your hands on an .ISO (or other image file format) that you want to use, you can either burn it to a physical CD or DVD media (thus "wasting" a few cents and valuable rack space in your CD shelf, or mount it by using some sort of emulating software. By using a mounting software you can keep the .ISO file as a file somewhere on your hard disk or network, and then just access it like it was a real CD or DVD drive.
Prior to Windows Vista there were a lot of tools that allowed mounting of .ISO files. With Vista, many of these tools were not compatible anymore and some even caused blue screens (BSODs) on Vista. I decided to make a list of the tools that do work, and the only condition was that they were totally free and had no hidden costs or other issues.
Microsoft, Windows Vista, Tips, Tricks, Mount, ISO, Files, Knowledgebase