Windows allows you to restore the system using an ISO image file. But it needs to mount the ISO image file and extract the content before using it. This was a difficult task with earlier versions of Windows. Now Windows 10 does it without any third-party apps. There is an amazing feature in Windows 10 which allows you to mount and unmount the ISO image file automatically. Most people do not even bother about mounting because Windows 10 does it without even letting us know. In this article, we are going to show different ways through which you can mount ISO file in Windows 10.
4 Ways to Mount ISO Image File in Windows 10
Following is the list of different ways through which you can mount an ISO image file in Windows 10:
- Using Windows Context Menu
- With Windows File Explorer
- Using Windows PowerShell
- Using Third-Party App
1. Mount ISO Image File With Windows Context Menu
‘Context Menu’ has a lot of options to manage your files in Windows. It has a mounting disk feature also if you open up context menu with an ISO image file. Let’s say you have a ‘Windows 10 Disk Image File’ and you want to see its inside files or use it as a drive.
- Go to the ‘Windows 10 Disk Image File’ and right-click on the file.
- Choose the ‘Mount’ option and that’s it.
- You can now view the files of it by going to ‘This PC’. There must be a new drive created.
2. Mount ISO Image File with Windows File Explorer
File Explorer has a similar option too when it comes to mounting an ISO image file. To mount it directly from the File Explorer:
- Open the ‘File Explorer’ and navigate to your Windows 10 ISO file. Click on your file to select it.
- Now, from the top menu, click on the ‘Manage’ tab.
- From the given options, choose the ‘Mount’ option.
- Now, open ‘This PC’ and you’ll see another drive there. Double-click on it to open its files.
- By default, Windows just pick the next letter which has been given to other drives. You can change it too.
- Press ‘Windows key + R’ to open Run prompt and type ‘diskmgmt.msc’
- Right-click on your drive in the ‘Disk Management’ and choose ‘Change drive letters and paths’ option. Select the drive and click on ‘Change’.
- Select the letter for the drive from drop-down list and click on ‘OK’ button.
- To unmount this ISO image file, simply right-click on the drive and choose the ‘Eject’ option.
3. Mounting ISO Image File Using Windows PowerShell
Windows PowerShell is the command-line utility in Windows 10. This is similar to Command Prompt and you can perform various commands from PowerShell. There are two commands – ‘Mount’ and ‘Dismount’ – that you can use for mounting and dismounting. ‘Mount’ is for mounting the file with PC and ‘Dismount’ is for dismounting it. To mount a disk image file:
- Go to ‘Start’ menu and type ‘Windows PowerShell’ and hit the ‘Enter’ key.
- Now, check the path of your ISO image file and copy it from the top.
- In the Windows PowerShell, type (Mount-DiskImage -ImagePath “Path of the Image File”). Hit the ‘Enter’ key.
Do not add brackets and remember double-quotes before and after the path of an image file are necessary. Please do not delete them.
- To unmount the file, replace the ‘Mount’ word with ‘Dismount’ in the previous command.
- Type (Dismount-DiskImage -ImagePath “Path of the Image File”) and hit the ‘Enter’ key.
4. Mounting ISO Image File Using Third-Party PowerISO App
You can also mount ISO image file if you have the PowerISO software installed in your PC. Or, download and install the software from their official website ‘poweriso.com’. To mount the file:
- Go to the file and select it, then right-click on it and hover on ‘PowerISO’ option.
- Now, from the given options, choose the ‘Mount Image to Drive’.
- Your ISO image file will successfully mount with your PC.