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    ISO Images - Mount or Unmount

    ISO Images - Mount or Unmount
    How to Mount or Unmount ISO and IMG image in Windows 8 and 8.1
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    How to Mount or Unmount ISO and IMG image in Windows 8 and 8.1


    information   Information
    Windows 8 supports native ISO and IMG mounting and unmounting.

    This tutorial will show you how to mount or unmount an ISO image in Windows 8 and 8.1.

    Note   Note
    You are unable to edit an ISO image using Windows 8.





    OPTION ONE
    To Mount an ISO or IMG Image File in Windows 8

    1. Do step 2 or 3 below for how you would like to mount the image file.

    2. To Mount an ISO or IMG File using Context Menu

    A) Right-click or press and hold on the .iso or .img file, and click/tap on Mount, and go to step 4 below.

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    B) In File Explorer, select (highlight) the .iso or .img file that you want to mount, click/tap on the Manage (Disc Image Tools) tab, click/tap on the Mount button in the ribbon, and go to step 4 below.

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    3. To Mount an ISO or IMG File using PowerShell

    A) Open PoweShell, type the command below, press Enter, and go to step 4 below. (see screenshot below)

    Mount-DiskImage -ImagePath "Full path of ISO file"


    Note   Note
    Substitute Full path of ISO file in the command above with the actual full path of the image file's location within quotes.



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    4. A new window will pop-up showing the opened mounted ISO or IMG image and it's contents.

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    5. You could also double click/tap on the mounted image (DVD drive) in the This PC (Computer) window in File Explorer to open and see the contents of the .iso or .img file.

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    OPTION TWO
    To Unmount an ISO or IMG Image File in Windows 8

    1. Do step 2, 3, or 4 below for how you would like to unmount (eject) the image file.

    2. Restart the computer to unmount all mounted ISO, IMG, VHD, and VHDX files.

    OR

    3. In the Computer window in File Explorer, right-click or press and hold on the mounted ISO or IMG drive, and click/tap on Eject.

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    4. Open an elevated command prompt, type the command below, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)


    mountvol DriveLetter: /d


    Note   Note
    Substitute DriveLetter in the command above with the actual drive letter of the mounted image file.



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    Nice tut, thanks.


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    Native mounting? Sweet, love it!
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    What a cool new feature! Im happy with Win7, but looking forward to Windows 8!
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    Can you unmount from the command line? I mounted an iso from a network drive and must have lost connection for a moment. Now everytime I right or left click explorer stops responding.
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    had to cold boot the tablet to get it to let go of the mount.
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    I find mounting an iso as simple as double-clicking the iso file in Explorer, and the new virtual CD/DVD drive opens in the Explorer window. Right click the virtual CD/DVD drive and select eject to unmount it. The mount is not persistent and will not remain on the next reboot.


    If you need to reconnect to the iso regularly, a shortcut to the iso file on the desktop will work, but pinning the mounted virtual CD/DVD drive to the taskbar will not.


    If you wish the virtual CD/DVD to be available when Windows opens, copy the shortcut to the iso file to your startup folder:
    C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup


    You can then pin the Virtual CD/DVD to Start if you wish.

    What is more, VHD files mount with a double-click too!, which makes playing with virtual drives easier than ever. Here again, Eject on the right-click menu unmounts the VHD. The VHD can also be automatically mounted from the Startup folder when Windows 8 opens.
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    Is there a way to mount "bin" files?
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    I think "bin files" cover so many types of binary data you wouldn't have a hope of safely opening them except by the program that is specifically intended to handle it's own "bin files".

    In the context you mean, Magic Iso I believe does open these DVD images. Google bin files and there's plenty of relevant stuff.

    Windows does not handle missing source image files for the mounted volumes very gracefully yet - it needs to be as clean as removing a removable disk or usb device, not hang your system searching for it. It's the same with missing network shares sometimes. We've used floppy drives in PCs, and the subst command for nearly 30 years, it's about time Microsoft got this right.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fafhrd View Post
    It's the same with missing network shares sometimes. ...it's about time Microsoft got this right.
    Hallelujah, praise the truth. Preach. Church. Amen and all the other feel good stuff that people say when there's an epiphany.

    And here I thought the issue was something senseless only applicable to my administrating. I have found registry edits at times that helped but no solid perfect/reliable way.

    Windows 8 here has Windows Explorer hang issues when a mapped drive to a turned off laptop is not available. Even just opening Winrar takes about a full minute. Once I rid the unavailable share, issues resolve immediately.

    I should Wireshark it to see if anything I can figure out is going on.
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