Windows 8: How to Mount and Unmount ISO Images

Posted April 15, 2011 by Rob Rogers in Windows

A lot of software packages are downloaded as an ISO image to be burned to CD or DVD. Windows 8 lets you mount these files so that you can use them without having to burn them to disc first.

1. Right-click the desired ISO image.

2. Select Mount.

The mounted image will now show up as a removable storage device when you go to Computer. Now it acts just like a burned disc as it allows you to install the software package normally.

To unmount the image, go to Computer and right-click the mounted image. Select Eject.


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  • Absnaik810

    The eject option is not available….What do i do? I did restart the computer, but to no avail. All documentation available online says that the Eject button will be active..Please help..

    • James Lemon

      when you right click you should see “Virtual Drive” or “Cyberlink Virtual Drive”. click that, then when a window options click disable virtual drive. That should unmaunt it.>

      • Shimon

        > Now that is helpful advice.

  • PermanentlyLockedISO

    I don’t see that option, I’ve got an ISO that has been locked for two weeks and no corresponding drive mounted… REALLY would appreciate help on setting it free. Mounted it, was watching it in Toshiba DVD Viewer, it crashed, and the virtual drive went away while system still has it locked. When try and re-mount (still get mount option when right click that iso) get an error “The disk image isn’t initialized, contains partitions that aren’t recognizagle, or contains volumes that haven’t been assigned drive letters. Please use the Disk Management snap-in to make sure that the disk, partitions, and volumes are in a usable state”. Yeah, the file is locked by a process.