How to Open or Mount ISO File in Windows?

ISO Image

Microsoft has added an inbuilt feature in Windows 10, that allows you to directly open the content of an ISO file. Though, for older versions, you will need some tricks or Softwares to open or mount ISO file in Windows.

Microsoft has added a built-in feature for Windows 8 and 8.1 users which allow them to directly mount an ISO image. For Windows 7 users you will need the help of some third party Softwares in order to open or mount an ISO file. So without further adieu, let’s get into it.

How to Open or Mount ISO File in Windows 8,8.1 and 10?

Microsoft has built an inbuilt feature in Windows 10 by which users can directly open an ISO file. Just double click on ISO image to open it. That’s it! no need to install any crappy Softwares or to use any tricks.

In order to Mount an ISO image file in Windows 10, you will require following the procedure below:

  • Double Click on an ISO image to mount it, if it won’t work then probably the ISO file is associated with another program.
  • Select the ISO file and Right-click on it and select → Mount.
  • Select the ISO file, go to Manage tab and select → Mount.

open or mount iso file in windows

  • Now, you can see mounted image of that ISO file on your computer. After using it, you can right-click on it and choose to Eject.

Eject ISO Image

There is also another way by which you can open an ISO image in Windows- by using compression utilities. You can use many compression utilities for this purpose but our favorite choice is WinRAR. It is pretty popular and almost everyone has it. So, here is how to open an ISO image file using Winrar:

  • Download WinRAR from here.
  • Install it on your PC.
  • After installation, navigate to your ISO image file, right-click on it and select → Open with WinRAR.

open ISO image file using WinRAR

  • After opening it, you can see the content of that ISO file. But beware! You cannot make changes in those, because it may result in corruption of that ISO file.

open iso image using winrar

How to Open or Mount ISO File in Windows 7?

In order to open or mount ISO file in Windows 7, we will be needing the help of a third party Software. Because Windows 7 does not provide an inbuilt way to open or mount an ISO file. You can also use the trick mentioned above, using WinRAR to open ISO file in Windows 7.

But, if you want to mount an ISO file, then you will require another software. There are tons of Softwares available for this purpose, but our favorite choice is WinCDEmu. It is small in size, free and open-source Software available for almost all versions of Windows.

It can be used for mounting of ISO images as well as CUE, NRG, MDS/MDF, CCD, IMG images, for which Windows doesn’t provide inbuilt support. So, here is- how to mount ISO file in Windows 7:

  • Download WinCDEmu from here.
  • Install it, while installing, don’t forget to give permission to install its driver.
  • Now, you can either Double-Click on the ISO or Right-Click on it and choose → Select drive letter and & mount.

WinCDEmu ISO mounting

  • Now, the small window will appear on the screen, you can customize the options according to your choice, after that Click Ok.


  • Now, the mounted image will appear under Computer. If you want it to gone, then simply right-click on it and choose Eject.

This is it! Now you can open any ISO image files on your PC, no matter what version of Windows it is running on. If you still have any questions regarding this tutorial, you can comment them down below, we would be happy to help.

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