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Windows 10 mount ISO file
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An ISO image is a container format designed to tướng store the contents of a physical disk (CD, DVD, or Blu-ray). Software companies usually use this tệp tin format as a medium to tướng distribute the applications and tools without the need to tướng ship physical truyền thông media, which can be costly and time-consuming. For example, Microsoft uses this format to tướng distribute previews of Windows 10 to tướng testers and many other products.

Although you can find a lot of tools to tướng work with images, Windows 10 includes the ability to tướng mount and mount ISO files natively without the need for extra software.

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In this Windows 10 guide, we'll walk you through the steps to tướng mount and unmount the ISO images using File Explorer as well as PowerShell commands.

  • How to tướng mount ISO image with File Explorer
  • How to tướng mount ISO image with PowerShell

How to tướng mount ISO image with File Explorer

On Windows 10, you can access the nội dung of an image in at least three different ways using File explorer. You can double-click the tệp tin, you can use the nội dung thực đơn option, or the option available in the ribbon thực đơn.

Mount image with double-click

To quickly mount an ISO tệp tin on Windows 10, use these steps:

  1. Open File Explorer.
  2. Browse to tướng the thư mục with the ISO image.
  3. Double-click the .iso tệp tin file to tướng mount it.

Windows 10 double-click mount ISO

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Once you complete these steps, the ISO tệp tin will open lượt thích any other thư mục, allowing you to tướng access and extract the contents as necessary.

To mount an ISO image with the File Explorer context thực đơn, use these steps:

  1. Open File Explorer.
  2. Browse to tướng the thư mục with the ISO image.
  3. Right-click the .iso tệp tin and select the Mount option.

File Explorer context thực đơn mount ISO

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Once you complete the steps, you can access the contents of the image by selecting the virtual drive from the left navigation pane.

To mount an image with the ribbon thực đơn, use these steps:

  1. Open File Explorer.
  2. Browse to tướng the thư mục with the ISO image.
  3. Select the .iso tệp tin.
  4. Click the Disk Image Tools tab.
  5. Click the Mount button.

Disk image tools mount ISO option

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If you have a third-party tool to tướng open compressed files (such as .zip, .tar, .rar, etc.), it's possible the tool may also be configured as the mặc định application to tướng open ISO images. When this happens, you won't see an option to tướng mount images. However, you can still right-click, select the Open with submenu, and select the Windows Explorer option to tướng mount the ISO.

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Unmount image

Once you are no longer using the image, you can quickly unmount the tệp tin by right-clicking the virtual drive under This PC in File Explorer and selecting the Eject option.

  1. Open File Explorer.
  2. Expand This PC from the left navigation pane.
  3. Right-click the virtual drive and select the Eject option.

Windows 10 unmount ISO tệp tin option

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After you complete these steps, the image will no longer be accessible until you mount it again.

How to tướng mount ISO image with PowerShell

It's also possible to tướng mount and unmount an image using commands with PowerShell.

Mount ISO image command

To mount an ISO image using a PowerShell command, use these steps:

  1. Open Start.
  2. Search for PowerShell, right-click the top result, and select the Run as administrator option.
  3. Type the following command to tướng mount an ISO image and press Enter:Mount-DiskImage -ImagePath "PATH\TO\ISOFILE"In the command, make sure to tướng replace the "PATH\TO\ISOFILE" with the actual path of the .iso tệp tin.For example, this command mounts an image in the "E:\" virtual drive:Mount-DiskImage -ImagePath "E:\Windows10.iso"

Mount DiskImage command for PowerShell

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Once you complete the steps, the ISO image will mount, and you will be able to tướng access the contents to tướng install the application or extract the image contents from the newly-available drive letter.

Unmount ISO image command

To unmount an image with PowerShell, use these steps:

  1. Open Start.
  2. Search for PowerShell, right-click the top result, and select the Run as administrator option.
  3. Type the following command to tướng mount an ISO image and press Enter:Dismount-DiskImage -ImagePath "PATH\TO\ISOFILE"In the command, make sure to tướng replace the "PATH\TO\ISOFILE" with the actual path of the .iso tệp tin.For example, this command removes the mount for an image in the "E:\" virtual drive:Dismount-DiskImage -ImagePath "E:\Windows10.iso"
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After you complete the steps, the virtual drive will be removed, and the image will no longer be accessible until you mount it again.

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Mauro Huculak is technical writer for WindowsCentral.com. His primary focus is to tướng write comprehensive how-tos to tướng help users get the most out of Windows 10 and its many related technologies. He has an IT background with professional certifications from Microsoft, Cisco, and CompTIA, and he's a recognized thành viên of the Microsoft MVP community.