018 – Burn, extract, mount or edit ISO files


In order to access the files in an ISO image file, you can either (1) burn a CD/DVD and then access the CD/DVD directly, (2) use an application to extract the files from the ISO to a folder on you hard drive, (3) mount the ISO file as a virtual CD/DVD or (4) edit an ISO file.

1 Burn a CD/DVD

If you have Windows 7, you can use the built-in Windows Disc Image Burner feature by right-clicking on the ISO file as shown below:

If you do not have Windows 7 then you must use an application such as Nero or PowerDVD or any other burning application.

2 Extracting files from an ISO

You can extract files from an ISO file using an application such as 7Zip.

3 Mounting an ISO file

My favourite free application is SlySoft Virtual CloneDrive. Install this and then mount the ISO file as a drive volume by right-clicking on the ISO file:

Once mounted AutoPlay will activate as it has seen a new CD/DVD inserted!

4 Edit ISO files

You can use UltraISO or MagicISO to edit and re-save ISO files.

If you have any other favourite apps for ISOs, please let me know and I will add them here.

Warning: Applications which mount ISO files under Windows can have problems. ISOs made with the RockRidge standard are not correctly interpreted by Windows. In particular, lower-case letters are converted to upper-case. So if you see that all the filenames are in upper-case then you are advised to not copy those files to another device as the filename case will be incorrect and thus the OS may not boot or work correctly – instead use 7Zip to extartc the files from the ISO.

Easy2Boot (E2B) is popular multiboot USB solution that also contains agFM and Ventoy. It supports both Legacy and UEFI.
Simply copy on your bootable ISO files to the E2B USB drive and boot! Boot to DOS, Linux, Windows Install ISOs (XP>Win11),
automate Windows installs, WIM files, VHD files, images of flash drives, Linux ISO+persistence, etc.
E2B is unique in that it uses partition images which allows you to directly boot from Secure Boot images (no need to disable Secure Boot or run MOK manager or modify your UEFI BIOS).


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