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I'd like to know if it's possible to open .bin files(image files) so I can extract its contents without having to install any software. I'd like some kind of software that is just download the files and run.

I'm running Windows 7.


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depends. what platform are you using? many linux distributions, for example, include software that does this out of the box. – quack quixote Apr 19 '10 at 15:29
I'm running Win7 – devoured elysium Apr 19 '10 at 15:30
so you're asking for software that doesn't require installation (portable software) that will "extract" the contents of image files. (these aren't .bin/.cue audio images, are they? those would probably need different software than standard ISO images.) – quack quixote Apr 19 '10 at 15:32
Is this what you're looking for ? – Montag451 Apr 19 '10 at 15:39
Why can't you install it? – SamB Apr 19 '10 at 16:42

All "installing" does is copy files (executables, resources, databases etc.) to their correct locations so that everything works as the developer expects.

A lot of software now just is "download and run" as it just expects all the files to be in the same directory as the executable. However, there is no guarantee that the software you have is designed that way.

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So, the question remains, do you know some software that opens/extracts from .bin files that is just download and run without having to install it? – devoured elysium Apr 19 '10 at 15:24
@devoured - I was just trying to say that it might not actually get you anywhere. – ChrisF Apr 19 '10 at 19:20

Here's another solution which doesn't support bin files again but is native for windows os'es.

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Alcohol 52% free edition will mount the .bin files (assuming they are CD/DVD/Filesystem images) as a virtual CD/DVD drive, and you can install from that virtual CD/DVD drive. Hope that helps.

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I'd have to install Alcohol 52%.. – devoured elysium Apr 19 '10 at 15:31
Why are you so against installation? – davr Apr 19 '10 at 16:57

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