Categories Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Vista

Mount an ISO/VHD disk image on Windows 7, Vista, XP natively


Capture d'écran - Virtul CD Tool, fenêtre principale

Directly integrated on Windows 8, the ability to mount an ISO or VHD disk image was not available on Windows 7, Vista and XP. This involved using third-party software such as Daemon or Alcohol. Except that Microsoft has just released the software for the old platforms for free.

Download Virtual CD-ROM Control Panel

Virtual CD-ROM Control Panel (58.6) KiB, 6.585 downloads)

Note : You must be an administrator to proceed with the installation of the utility.

Installation of Virtual CD-ROM Control Panel

Extracting files

Double click on the downloaded file, and then click Browse Browse to choose the archive file extraction folder and click on Unzip.

Capture d'écran - Extraction des fichiers, Virtual CD-ROM Control Panel
Screenshot — File Extraction, Virtual CD-ROM Control Panel

Click on OK to the confirmation message then on Closed to close the extraction utility.

Open the folder containing the extracted files.

Copy the file VCdRom.sys in the following system folder (paste the url into the browser address bar to access):

%systemroot%\system32\drivers

Then run the application VCdControlTool.exe.

Installation of the virtual disk

Capture d'écran - Virtul CD Tool, fenêtre principale
Screenshot — virtul CD Tool, main window

Click on the button Driver control then on Install Driver.

Capture d'écran - Installation du driver, Virtual CD Tool
Screenshot — Driver Installation, Virtual CD Tool

Navigate to the system folder Drivers to select the previously pasted file (VCdRom.sys) and click on Open.

Then click on Start then on OK.

To finish, click Add Drive taking care not to use a letter already used by a partition of your hard drive (usually C) or a physical drive (e.g. a reader/engraver).

Mounting the disk image

Now that we have created a virtual drive, we will be able to mount our ISO or VHD disk image.

To do this, select an unused virtual drive and click on Mount.

Browse the explorer looking for your disk image and click on OK.

Your image is now mounted. All you have to do is access it from the Workstation.

Disassembly of disk image

As soon as you have finished using your disk image, click on Unmount then Stop.

A practical, free application with 2 flats: in English and frankly not ergonomic. Nevertheless, she does what she is asked (unlike other paid apps that are often dangerous, packed with advertisements and other unwanted toolbars).

Tags

7 comments

Leave a Reply