How to almost instantly mount ISO images on Windows 11

How to almost instantly mount ISO images on Windows 11

Here's how to almost instantly mount ISO images on Windows 11. The first three use File Explorer and the last one uses PowerShell. Follow these steps.

Mount ISO images on File Explorer

1. Open File Explorer.
2. Browse to the location of the ISO image you want to mount.
3a. Double-click the ISO image to mount it.
3b. Right-click the ISO image and select Mount
3c. Select the .iso file and select Mount from the ribbon menu.

Mount ISO images on PowerShell

1. Open PowerShell as an administrator.
2. Copy and paste the following command: Mount-DiskImage -ImagePath "PATH\TO\ISOFILE". Be sure to replace "PATH\TO\ISOFILE" with the actual path of the .iso file.
3. Press Enter to execute the command.

Unmount

To unmount using PowerShell, follow these steps.
1. Open PowerShell as an admin
2. Copy and Paste the following command: Dismount-DiskImage -ImagePath "PATH\TO\ISOFILE". Be sure to replace "PATH\TO\ISOFILE" with the actual path of the .iso file.
3. Press Enter to execute the command.

Before, if you wanted mount ISO images on Windows, it was more of a chore than a joy. Now, when you want to mount ISO images on Windows 11, it's much easier than you could ever imagine.

An ISO is a file that represents a complete archive of data that is traditionally found on optical media like a CD or DVD. These ISO files end in .iso are more commonly referred to as "ISO images." Software companies, like Microsoft use ISO images to distribute operating systems or other software for

This guide will mostly focus on how to mount ISO images on Windows 11, but the instructions for Windows 10 are available here.

How to mount ISO images using File Explorer

On Windows 11, you can mount ISO images in three ways using File Explorer; by double-clicking the ISO image, use the file context menu option or choose the option from the ribbon menu. Here's what you need to do.

Double-click

To quickly mount an ISO image on Windows 11, follow these steps.

1. Open File Explorer.
2. Browse to the location of the ISO image you want to mount.
3. Double-click the ISO image to automatically mount it.

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Once you complete these steps, the ISO image will be mounted, and you can access and extract the contents just as you would any other folder.

Context menu

1. Open File Explorer.
2. Browse to the location of the ISO image.
3. Right-click the ISO image and select Mount.
mount iso images on windows
Once you complete these steps, you can access and extract the contents by selecting the virtual drive from the navigation pane.

Ribbon menu

1. Open File Explorer.
2. Browse to the location of the ISO image.
3. Select the .iso file.
4. Click Mount from the ribbon menu.

mount iso images on windows 11

Once you complete these steps, you can access and extract files from the contents just as you would from any other folder.

Unmount image using File Explorer

Once you are no longer using the ISO image on Windows 11, you can almost instantly unmount it by clicking the virtual drive under This PC and selecting the Eject option. Here's what you need to do.

1. Open File Explorer.
2. Expand This PC from the left navigational pane.
3. Right-click the virtual drive and click the Eject button. You can also select the Eject button from the ribbon menu.

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After you complete these steps the ISO image will no longer be accessible unless you decide to mount it again.

Mount ISO images on PowerShell

To mount an ISO image using PowerShell, follow these steps.

1. Open PowerShell as an administrator.
2. Type the following command to mount an ISO file using PowerShell: Mount-DiskImage -ImagePath "PATH\TO\ISOFILE"
Be sure to replace "PATH\TO\ISOFILE" with the actual path of the .iso file. Here is an example for your reference.
3. Press Enter to mount the ISO image.

How to almost instantly mount ISO images on Windows 11 - OnMSFT.com - September 6, 2022

Unmount using PowerShell

Just as easy as it was to mount an ISO image on PowerShell, it's easy to unmount too. Follow these steps.

1. Open PowerShell as an administrator.
2. Copy and paste the following command: Dismount-DiskImage -ImagePath "PATH\TO\ISOFILE"
3. Press Enter to execute the command and unmount the ISO image.
How to almost instantly mount ISO images on Windows 11 - OnMSFT.com - September 6, 2022

Once you complete these steps, the ISO image will no longer be accessible unless you decide to mount it again.

Don't know if your Windows PC can run Windows 11? We got you covered with plenty of Windows 11 How-To articles and more! Don't forget to check out the OnMSFT podcast, OnPodcast on YouTube!

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