See in this article for beginners how to mount and unmount an iso file in Windows 10 and 11.
In Windows 10 and 11, File Explorer can now open and export ISO files without requiring users to install third-party applications. This feature is useful when trying to work with disc images (iso), view and interact with their contents.
In previous Windows (7 and later) file exploration did not have this feature and almost all users used the free Daemon Tools Lite software. As software it still exists on the internet but after Windows 10 it has fallen into obscurity. In fact, if you install it now you will see that it comes with bloatware.
How to open ISO files with File Explorer in Windows 10 and 11
ISO is the most popular file format for disk images. When you open a disc image, you see its contents as if you had a disc or cd installed on your computer. You can use the disk image in the same way that you would a regular hard disk.
While earlier versions of Windows required third-party software for this task, in Windows 10/11 File Explorer comes with the ability to insert a disk image into a virtual disk with just a few clicks.
First, open File Explorer and go to the ".iso" file you want to open. In this tutorial we used the ISO of the official Windows 10 installation disc. The fastest way to open it is to double left-click on the ISO file.
Alternatively you can do the following:
Right-click the iso file, and then click the Mount button. The word assembly does not "stick" to us at all, but that is how Microsoft translates it.
Right-click the iso file, and then click "Open with"> "Explore Windows".
Additionally, if you have a third-party application running on ISO files (eg Daemon tools lite), you can open it.
Regardless of the method used to open the ISO file, the result is the same: the disk image opens as if it were a fake disk, it gets a letter that is not used by another disk from your system (e.g. :) and you can view it and access its entire contents from File Explorer.
You can now access all internal iso files and folders, as you would with a physical disk. You can copy files from the disk image, run them, and so on.
How to unmount ISO files in Windows 10
When you are done with a mounted ISO file and want to unlink it, open File Explorer and go to "This Computer".
Right-click the drive used for the ISO file (eg H :) and then click "Export".
The ISO file is immediately disconnected and the drive disappears from the computer. The disc letter (eg H :) he used no longer exists and is free for any other use.