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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.

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