I often have to access ISO images to install software on my machine. Typically I install a third-party tool to mount the ISO file and expose it as a virtual drive within Windows.

Examples of third-party tools I have used are:

I am now using Windows 8 and would like to know if it is possible to mount an ISO image within Windows without installing a third-party tool.

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    @mcqwerty Sharing knowledge is fine, but this is more like replicating common knowledge on SuperUser, which isn't really constructive. All it takes to find an answer to this question is right-clicking on an ISO file or doing a 5-second online search. – Indrek Oct 29 '12 at 13:11
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    @mcqwerty As far as I can see, both Bing and Google already have a ton of hits for this subject. But anyway, that's just my opinion, don't let it bother you too much :) It's the community as a whole that decides the usefulness of this question, and I may well be in the minority. – Indrek Oct 29 '12 at 13:19
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    @mcqwerty There's no bad feelings here. In the Introducing the Windows 8 Challenge blog post, see where it says "make sure you're asking good questions"? All that is happening is that some people don't think this is a particularly good question, probably because the answer is trivial to find. There's no need to take this personally. – Indrek Oct 29 '12 at 13:27
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    Up or down vote should be related to: "this question shows research effort;it is useful and clear" I see no reason to downvote. – Moab Oct 29 '12 at 16:12

Windows 8 includes the functionality to mount an ISO image and expose it as a virtual drive within Windows without using 3rd party software.

  • Locate an ISO file
  • Right click and select Mount from the context menu or double click on the ISO file

ISO context menu Windows 8

It will be automatically mounted by Windows 8 and exposed as a virtual drive.

  • @Joey Yup - Right click and select Mount from the context menu or double click on the ISO file – mcqwerty Oct 29 '12 at 16:16
  • @Joey Understood, but my answer says "or double click on the ISO file". – mcqwerty Oct 29 '12 at 16:26
  • Eep, overlooked that; I'm sorry. – Joey Oct 29 '12 at 16:26
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    I often get all sorts of weird errors with the built in one "Disk image corrupt", "Disk image not found", "Windows could not mount image". If get one just ignore it, the image still mounts fine. Not sure if it is just a bug or a genuine problem. I just thought it was worth noting. – Sam Dec 31 '12 at 4:24
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    If you do not see this 'Mount' option in the right-click menu, follow the steps here to make it visible, you just have to temporarily change iso file association with Windows Explorer to use the feature: community.spiceworks.com/how_to/show/… – user78017 Nov 10 '13 at 16:42

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