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Virtual CD-ROM Control Panel - mount ISO files as virtual CDs

Posted by ClifNotes, Nov 2008, permalink Disk Tools


I learned about using ISO files as virtual CD Roms many years ago. In case you didn't know, an ISO file is an "image" of a CD or DVD in the form of a single file. It's very similar to the way that zip files work. Most folks run into ISO files as a download that needs to be burned to a CD or DVD. If you know how, you don't need to burn ISO to a CD in order to use it.


There are a few ISO tools out there that let you mount an ISO file so that it looks like an extra CD or DVD on your computer. I've always used VirtualCloneDrive to do this because it's so easy to use. You only have to double click an ISO file to instantly mount a new CD.


I'd heard that Microsoft has an ISO tool to do the same job. It's called the Virtual CD-ROM Control Panel. I found a good link to it at the Tech-Recipe website and tried it.


It's a tiny 60kb download, but the ease of use pretty much ends after you've downloaded it. It doesn't require an installation but you do end up having to click several times in a pretty poorly designed interface in order to mount the ISO files.


I don't recommend Microsoft's Virtual CD-ROM Control Panel, but if you're curious, here it is.


Quote from the website

Microsoft has a free, 60kb program that does the same thing! Of course, it is not supported… and it’s not as friendly as the software listed above; however, it works and it’s free.

Download link at Tech-Recipes.