I just upgraded from Windows 7. I hear that Windows 8 has native mounting. However, when I right-click the .ISO file, there is no mount option. I really need to do this, because I got a message that MagicISO is not compatible with Windows 8.

How do I mount it?

Pop-up menu without option to Mount:

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I also hear that there is a mount button in the ribbon, but I can't find that either.

  • This exact same issue also happens after upgrading to Windows 10, and the solution is the same.
    – Moshe Katz
    Jul 31, 2015 at 18:55

2 Answers 2


It doesn't work if the file association of the .ISO file is not Windows Explorer. Because you upgraded with MagicISO associated, it suppresses the Mount buttons.

  1. Simply right-click, and select properties in the menu.
  2. Under Opens with, select Change to change the file association:

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  3. Then select Windows Explorer:

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(if you can't see Windows Explorer, you can find it at %windir%\explorer.exe)

Now both methods should work:

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Source: Yahoo answer

  • MagicIso? you mean WinRar? Installing Winrar usually sets the iso file association as shown in the screenshot the OP posted,
    – Moab
    Nov 1, 2012 at 4:47
  • 1
    I am the OP. I installed both WinRar and MagicISO.
    – ronalchn
    Nov 1, 2012 at 4:59
  • @ronalchn - Do you have to select File Explorer or Windows Explorer you should clarify because your screenshot doesn't match your description.
    – Ramhound
    Nov 29, 2012 at 14:09
  • you will not have both on your computer. Windows Explorer was renamed File Explorer in Windows 8. The screenshot might be showing Windows Explorer because I upgraded from Windows 7 (and maybe they missed renaming it there).
    – ronalchn
    Nov 29, 2012 at 23:36
  • A Windows 8 clean install matches your screenshots, so the text should be changed to match to avoid confusion.
    – Cylindric
    Jul 26, 2013 at 13:58

If you are looking to access the files inside the .iso file, what I just do is double click it and it will automatically mount it, giving you access to the files inside the .iso. (Might have been a bit redundant on this answer)

  • 4
    it doesn't work if the file association is wrong, because it would try to open it with MagicISO, which as mentioned stopped working in Windows 8
    – ronalchn
    Nov 1, 2012 at 4:03

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