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Windows 8 Tips Part 1 – Mount ISO’s

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I decided to upgrade from Windows 7 Ultimate to Windows 8 Pro. It was the best decision I have ever made. I didn’t upgrade purely because of all the hype surrounding Windows 8, but more because I wanted to start developing Windows 8 style apps.

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Well, I must say that after playing with Windows 8, I am absolutely hooked. The UI is so intuitive and easy to navigate. Getting around the OS is a breeze and I don’t even want to mention the Windows Store. But let me start off from the beginning and go on from there.

Upgrading to Windows 8 took very long. The upgrade process was seamless though and went off without a glitch. It is the best upgrade experience I have ever had with a Microsoft Product. The best part of all was that Windows kept all my Settings, Applications and Data in tact. After quite a wait, and a few reboots later, I was looking at my new Windows 8 desktop.

One thing Windows 8 did right off the bat was check the compatibility of drivers and applications. After this was complete, it gave me a nice report. I noticed that Daemon Tools was not supported and I wondered if there was an update. I then remembered the mention of built in ISO support in Windows 8. I had an ISO of Office 2013 and decided to give the built in ISO support a whirl.

The task of mounting an ISO file in Windows 8 is as simple as right clicking on the ISO and selecting “Mount” from the context menu. The only thing was that I wasn’t seeing the “Mount” menu item. After searching around on the Internet a bit, I came across this article by Joe Dissmeyer. What he mentioned in the post actually made a lot of sense and I actually felt a bit silly for not thinking of it myself.

The problem lies in the File Association that Windows 8 makes with the ISO file types. I had Nero installed on my Laptop and that meant that the ISO file type was  obviously associated with Nero. To correct this, I did the following.

  1. Right click the ISO file and select Properties.
  2. Click on the Change button
  3. In the File Associations list, select Windows Explorer
  4. Select OK and close Properties

If you now go and right click the ISO file, you will see “Mount” as the first option in the context menu. Personally I am very happy that Microsoft has finally included ISO support in Windows 8 (It is about time). My Windows 8 experience thus far has been a very good one. Everything just seems to work (sounds vaguely familiar… cough…apple…cough), and the ease at which Windows 8 presents settings and options to the user is beyond anything I have ever experienced in an OS (Including iOS). Time will tell how Windows 8 performs, but this OS is the most exciting (and most beautiful) thing to happen to Microsoft years!

Feel free to add comments about this article below. The laptop I installed Windows 8 on is a Dell Inspiron 17R N7110 with an Intel Core i7 CPU and 8 GB of RAM.

Dirk Strauss
Dirk is a Software Developer and Microsoft MVP from South Africa. He loves all things Technology and is slightly addicted to Twitter and Jimi Hendrix. Apart from writing code, he also enjoys writing human readable articles. "I love sharing knowledge and connecting with people from around the world. It's the diversity that makes life so beautiful." Dirk feels very strongly that pizza is simply not complete without Tabasco, that you can never have too much garlic, and that cooking the perfect steak is an art he has yet to master.

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