How open files ISO. Have you downloaded the ISO image of a software or game of Internet and you don't intend to waste floppy disks to install it? No problem. There are extremely easy to use applications that create virtual drives and allow you to use all the data present in ISO images without consuming CD, DVD or Blu-Ray.

Yes, you read that right! These programs perfectly simulate the presence of a disk inside the PC and "trick" the system to allow the installation (or use) of programs and games without consuming physical media. If you want to know more, keep reading, we are about to find out how to open a ISO file easily, quickly and free of charge.

Do you use a Mac and not a Windows PC? No problem, even Macs can open files ISO and "mount" them on virtual drives. Now, however, let's not get lost in the conversation, let's take a look at the best software for opening CD, DVD and Blu-Ray image files and find out how to make the most of its potential. I assure you that you will not find any difficulty in using them.

How to open ISO files in Windows

System utility

If you use Windows 10 o Windows 8.x, you should know that you do not have to resort to any external program to open the ISO files. You can do it all with the 'standard' features included in the operating system.

You do not believe it? Then right click on the image file you want to open, select the item Mounting from the menu that appears and wait a few seconds. A virtual CD / DVD drive will be created in which you will find all the data in the ISO file. To access it, select the item computer o This PC from the Explorer sidebar and double-click the icon of the virtual drive created by Windows.

Virtual CloneDrive

If you are using an earlier version of Windows, you can open ISO file with Virtual CloneDrive. It is a free application created by the developers of CloneCD and CloneDVD (who founded a new company after the closure of the historic software house SlySoft) that allows you to "mount" ISO files, BIN and CCD in a maximum number of 8 Virtual Drives. It works with all versions of Windows, from XP onwards.

To download Virtual CloneDrive to your PC, connected to the manufacturer's website and click the button Download placed next to the program name. At the end of the download, open the installation package called SetupVirtualCloneDrivexx.exe and click yes, I agree, siguiente, install, install y open  To finish the configuration.

At this point, start Virtual CloneDrive and select, through the appropriate drop-down menu, the number of units virtual machines where you want to "mount" the ISO files. When the operation is completed, right-click the image file to open, select the item Mount (Virtual CloneDrive X 🙂 from the menu that opens (where instead of the "X:" is the letter of the CloneDrive drive) and the ISO file will be "mounted" instantly.

To "unmount" an image previously opened with Virtual CloneDrive, go to My PC / this PC, right click on the virtual drive of the program and select the item Expel from the menu that appears.

WinCDEmu

WinCDEmu is another excellent program for open ISO files free without Record which creates a virtual CD / DVD drive on your PC and allows you to "mount" any ISO file as if it were a real disc inserted into the PC. Is that how it works.

Firstly, connected to the WinCDEmu website and click the green button Download twice in a row to download the program to your PC. When the download is complete, double-click the file you just downloaded ( WinCDEmu-xx.exe ). And, in the window that opens, first click the button yes and then install, install y good to complete the configuration.

Once the installation is complete, start WinCDEmu Configuration by clicking on the appropriate icon in Start> All Programs> WinCDEmu. In the window that opens, make sure there is a check mark next to the item Ask before mounting an image and save the program settings by clicking the button to accept.

At this point, all you have to do is right-click on the ISO image to 'mount' and select the item Select a drive and mount the image from the menu that appears. In the window that opens, select the letter to be assigned to the WinCDEmu virtual drive from the corresponding drop-down menu and click the button to accept.

In a few moments you will see the icon of a new CD / DVD drive in My PC / this PC and by double-clicking it, you can explore the contents of the selected ISO image. The ISO image is "unmounted" from the virtual drive with a simple reboot of the system (or by selecting the item Expel from the Windows context menu).

daemon Tools

daemon Tools is the software for open ISO file world's most popular It allows you to create numerous virtual drives that simulate the presence of CDs, DVDs and Blu-Rays of any kind on your PC. It is extremely easy to use and is available in two versions: a basic version, which is free but has promotional content that you must 'dodge' during initial setup, and a more advanced paid version. To open the ISO files, just go to the free one.

To download the free version of Daemon Tools on your PC, connected to the program's website and click on the button Download. At the end of the download, open the installation package called DTLiteInstaller.exe and click first yes and then Free license with ads.

Then wait for all the necessary components to download from the internet (it shouldn't take too long) and start the actual Damon Tools setup by clicking the button install. In the window that opens, put the check mark next to the item Free license, siguiente twice in a row, uncheck the options related to installing additional promotional software (for example, REACHit) and complete the setup by first clicking on siguiente and then install, install y ends.

To use Daemon Tools, start the program, skip the tutorial initial and click icon Ride fast located in the lower left to select the ISO image to "mount". When you are done using the ISO image, you can "unmount" it with the command Expel from Explorer or by clicking on the yellow icon to eject the ISO file present on the main Daemon Tools screen (next to the drive icon, bottom left).

How to open ISO files on Mac

If you are using a Mac, you can "mount" the ISO files without resorting to any third-party applications. All you have to do is open the image to explore it by double clicking and, almost as if by magic, the latter will be available in the discoverer (finder). The merit is diskimagemounter, the "standard" embedded virtual drive management software in OS X.

If DiskImageMounter is no longer the default application for managing virtual drives on your Mac, to "mount" the ISO file, you need to click on its icon and select the items Open with> DiskImageMounter from the menu that appears.

To restore DiskImageMounter as the default application to manage virtual drives on your Mac, right-click any file in ISO format and select the item Get information from the menu that appears.

In the window that opens, expand the menu To open with, select diskimagemounter from the drop-down menu that appears at the bottom and click the button Change all guidance on save the changes. This way, ISO files will be "mounted" automatically when double-clicked.