Skip to main content

Get ISO Mount Option in Windows 7, Vista & XP with Virtual CD-ROM Control Panel

Mounting ISO images in your computer is a great way for you to view and run the content of the disk image without having to burn it into a CD/DVD. While Windows 8 is comes with native support to mount ISO and VHD images in the system, earlier versions such as Windows 7, Vista and Windows XP does not come with this feature. Now, Microsoft has come up with a little utility called “Virtual CD-ROM Control Panel” to bring ISO mounting feature in Windows 7, Vista and XP.

Called Virtual CD-ROM Control Panel, this tiny utility (50KB) enables Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 users to mount ISO disk image files as virtual CD-ROM drives. This can be highly useful for reading disk images to install software or recover backup files.

 Installation instructions:

 This is a self-extracting Zip archive. Download the file and execute it. Click Unzip and select any appropriate folder to extract the contents.

 1. Copy VCdRom.sys to your %systemroot%\system32\drivers folder.

 2. Execute VCdControlTool.exe

3. Click "Driver control"

4. If the "Install Driver" button is available, click it. Navigate to the %systemroot%\system32\drivers folder, select VCdRom.sys, and click Open.

5. Click "Start"

6. Click OK

7. Click "Add Drive" to add a drive to the drive list. Ensure that the drive added is not a local drive. If it is, continue to click "Add Drive" until an unused drive letter is available.

 8. Select an unused drive letter from the drive list and click "Mount".

9. Navigate to the image file, select it, and click "OK". UNC naming conventions should not be used, however, mapped network drives should be OK.

 You may now use the drive letter as if it were a local CD-ROM device. When you are finished you may unmount, stop, and remove the driver from memory using the driver control.

Note: This tool is not supported by Microsoft; use at your own risk.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Surf the Web Anonymously With Firefox Add-on Phproxy

There are several web based proxy servers available to surf the internet anonymously or as from another country. The Firefox add-on (Firefox 3 – 4) Phzilla helps you view a webpage or surf the internet using the PHProxy (a type of web based proxy server) proxy servers. It is very easy and convenient to use.

Restore Lost Capacity Of Your USB Flash Drive (How to)

Some malware can hide full capacity of your USB flash drive. For example, a 4GB pen drive sometimes shows only 500kb or less. An interesting part of this situation is that, even after removing the malware or formatting the USB flash drive, you will not get back its original capacity. Therefore, the question here is how to restore a USB flash drive to its full capacity.

PaperBus-free & fast web proxy solution for anonymous internet surfing

There are several free proxy solutions available for downloading (we had covered few of them in the previous posts), but from my personal experience most of them are very slow in my country.If you are looking for a free, fast and reliable proxy solution for anonymous surfing, Here is a new multi-platform application, PaperBus (ad-supported) which lets you surf anonymously and bypass internet filters.Paper bus (brought you by Open Terrace Ltd the same company that made commercial proxy service Freedur) is very easy to use. Simply install, and run. No registration required. The only down side is there will be an ad web browser tab popping up in every twenty minutes while you are using it.Another interesting feature of PaperBus is that you can create a list of websites you don't want to surf through PaperBus.PaperBus is compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux systems. Download appropriate version from here. (via)