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What is the best way to mount an image in Windows 7 64-bit?

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virtual clone drive, howto is here

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  • beat me to it. :) Oct 4, 2009 at 5:52
  • Virtual Clone Drive works fine for me indeed
    – Snark
    Oct 4, 2009 at 8:13
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    WinCDEmu blows it out of the water.
    – user148298
    Jul 2, 2012 at 19:39
  • I agree. I just tried WinCDEmu after being a long time user of PowerISO and DAEMON Tools. There is no comparison, it just does what it does without fuss. Perfect. No waste, no mess. Use WinCDEmu. Jul 20, 2012 at 18:12
  • The first link is broken. Mar 15, 2016 at 19:58
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OK, there's a lot of them out there and I've tried them all. WinCDEmu is completely seamless within the Windows Explorer environment. Want to mount an image? Just right click on the file and select a drive letter and it's done. You can install it as a driver or you can just use the standalone version. This is by far the best one other there and best of all, it's free!

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I'm a big fan of portable apps that don't need to be installed and leave virtually no footprint. WinCDEmu is an open source, portable app that works in Windows 7 64 bit (that's what I'm running). I like it because it only temporarily "installs" its drivers when you actually launch the app, so there's no additional overhead when the software is not being used.

It doesn't have the windows Explorer or context menu bells and whistles that some of the other offerings have, and it could really benefit from a drag-and-drop update. But other than the minor inconvenience of having to go through a file dialog to mount your images, it works great.

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DAEMON Tools Lite
is freeware and is said to work on Windows Vista x64, so it will also work on Windows 7 x64.

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    i was surprised when I read that it is bundled with spyware. link howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/…
    – rpattabi
    Jul 28, 2012 at 4:27
  • @ragu.pattabi: All one has to do is decline the offer of this additional software. DAEMON Tools Lite will still work fine.
    – harrymc
    Jul 28, 2012 at 5:34
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Daemon Tools Pro claims full Win7 support in its latest version. This is the paid version of Daemon Tools.

Virtual CloneDrive also claims full support (HOWTO link from akira's post).

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Use Power ISO 4.5

It's easier than Daemon Tools or any virtual drive software.

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