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I am in need of a mounting utility that can mount ISO images virtually to a machine that is a standalone application without an installation.

I know of Magic Disc and Daemon tools but they both require installations. Microsoft doesn't currently offer such a utility so I was wondering if anyone here knew of one.

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I doubt it exists. Virtual CD drives usually have to install a driver to simulate the drive and install an application to specify which image to mount. –  Snark Sep 2 '10 at 12:31
    
Yeah, that's what I thought. If Windows offered API's for it and natively supported it like every other operating system, I would bet that there would be a lot more applications that do this. Thanks for your input. –  qroberts Sep 2 '10 at 12:39
    
There has been a small tool written by Microsoft itself. CF tech-recipes.com/rx/620/… Unfortunately it only works under x86 OSes. If we could get the source code, we could maybe compile an x64 version, but I doubt whether anyone has got this code either. –  Andreas Sep 2 '10 at 19:23
    
While it’s true that such programs must use a driver to pull it off, that doesn’t mean they have to permanently install one. There are plenty of programs that temporarily install a driver, then uninstall it when they exit. To get access to low-level system components, several Sysinternals tools extract and install a driver when started and remove them on exit. Also, the 360KB program DriveSnapshot lets you mount a drive-image without having to install anything (it’s portable). Sadly it doesn’t support .iso files, but you could try requesting it. –  Synetech Aug 30 '13 at 16:43

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No viable solution available at this time. Windows does not natively support mounting without a third party driver/software.

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