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Hyder Abbass

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ISO files have been around for years now. With the arrival of Windows 8, Microsoft has done a great job by integrating native support for ISO files. This was a great addition as previously you had to rely on third-party tools in order to burn ISO files. You can now mount or burn ISO files without the hassle of downloading a separate application.

Windows 10 has been no exception, just like its predecessor, it also allows you to open ISO files or burn them.

Whether you are looking for a way to open your ISO files or you want to burn an ISO file you have just downloaded – In this short guide, I’ll show you how you can do this under both Windows 10 and Windows 8. So, Keep reading!

What is an ISO file?

Just in case you are a not-so-geek person and puzzled by ISO files, here’s what they are all about.

Let’s put simply, an ISO file is a single file with an ISO extension that compromise of files and folders. They are normally used to create a virtual image of a CD or DVD so that you can play a disc without actually having to use your physical CD/DVD drive.

This can be really helpful if you play games that require you to have the DVD inserted in the optical drive. By creating an ISO file and mounting it, you can play your games without the need of the actual physical DVD.

Open an ISO file in Windows 10

Opening an ISO file under Windows 10 is easy-peasy!

  • Open File Explorer and browse to the location where you have saved the ISO file.

  • Select the file and click on Manage menu at the top.

open ISO files in Windows 10

Once you have mounted the ISO file, you will have the content of the virtual disc image displayed.

You can access it anytime under This PC menu. You should see a new DVD drive icon there.

Creating ISO files under Windows 10

So far we have seen how to open an ISO file but what if you want to create your own ISO file from a physical drive? Unfortunately, this feature is not available natively in any Windows version (including Windows 10). You will have to rely on a third-party tool for this. I have been using ISO Recorder for years now and it does the job well. The best part is that it is completely free and works under Windows 10. (despite it is not mentioned that it is compatible with Windows 10 on the official site)

Here’s how you can use ISO recorder to create your ISO files:

  • Go ahead, download and install ISO recorder.

  • Once installation is complete, enter your physical CD/DVD in your optical drive.

  • Go to This PC and right-click on the DVD drive to select Create image from CD/DVD.
  • create an iso file under windows 10

  • You will then have a small wizard that will guide you to create your ISO file. Choose the path where you want to save the ISO file and you’re ready to go!

create iso file windows 8

As you can see it is not that hard to open or create ISO files with Microsoft’s Windows 10. White I have mentioned only Windows 10 in this article, this will also work on Windows 8 computers.


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Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

Pretty useful for mounting games in ISO files :)
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George Guffi

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

I have just download a software from the internet. The instruction says Mount or Burn. Which one shoud I do and what's the difference?
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George Guffi

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Finally, something that works! I'm tired with all these 3rd party ISO tools full of crapware!
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Monday, February 23rd, 2015

MagicISO is full of adware these days! Hopefully, with the upcoming Windows 10, Microsoft will add more ISO manipulation features natively :)
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Monday, February 23rd, 2015

On previous Windows version I used to install MagicISO but now Microsoft have made all those 3rd party ISO tool redundant :)
Junil's photo


Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Guess someone is not going to renew his WinRar license next time :)
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Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Yes, you can mount ISO file but you cannot boot from ISO.
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Saturday, June 7th, 2014

Is it possible to mount ISO file on Windows 8 RT as well?
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Friday, May 30th, 2014

I use Winrar to extract content from ISO files.
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Friday, May 30th, 2014

I have been using MagicIso tool for years. I guess it's time to get rid of it and enjoy the native ISO support in Windows 8.
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Friday, May 30th, 2014

I think I got one more reason to consider upgrading to Windows 8 now! =)
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Hayder Abbass

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Thanks for this quick guide.