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I'm thinking about trying VS 2010, and I plan to download it from here. However,it's in the form of iso.

Is there anyway to run iso image file without burning it to dvd or use a dvd emulator?

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WinCDEmu is free (as in freedom, that's better than free beer) open-source application that supports all Windows versions since XP.

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+1 - it's like all the other suggestions but without the bloat. Very specific purpose and does it well. – Kez Jul 15 '10 at 12:11

You can use an ISO mounting software like Virtual CloneDrive. It's freeware and very easy to use.

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Unlike Daemon Tools, it runs without problems on Windows 7 x86 and x64. – Mehper C. Palavuzlar Jul 15 '10 at 10:49
thanks for pointing that out. I'm on Win 7 32 bit – Graviton Jul 15 '10 at 11:06
Excellent tool, use it all the time on different OS and never hand any problems – armannvg Jul 15 '10 at 15:49
Daemon Tools now runs on x64. – harrymc Jul 15 '10 at 16:57

If by dvd emulator you mean virtual drivers, like Daemon Tools, PowerISO or Alcohol%120, I don't know, I always use Daemon Tools.

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Daemon Tools are the best, just remember to uncheck all adware offers when installing. – harrymc Jul 15 '10 at 12:51

In this particular case, you could also use some archiving utility like 7-zip to extract files in iso to a directory. You could probably run install from there. Still, I prefer to use Daemon Tools.

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Windows 8 can mount ISO files directly. For other versions there are many free virtual CD softwares available, or you can simply extract the ISO to a folder with winrar, 7z... and run

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In most cases, mounting software is unnecessary. All you need is WinRAR.

I used this tutorial ( to install Windows 8, and it worked perfectly!

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Welcome to SuperUser! Could you please edit your answer to include the relevant details from the tutorial you linked to? Doing this makes sure your answer will remain helpful, even if the link breaks in the future. Thanks! – Excellll Apr 24 '14 at 21:24

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