There might be many reasons you would want to mount an ISO disk image file in Windows 10:
- Verify the contents of an ISO file before creating a bootable media.
- Install a piece of software, including applications and games
Before the functionality of mounting an ISO file was built into Windows, Daemon Tools was one of the most popular solutions for mounting CD or DVD images.
In this blog post, I will cover how to mount an ISO disc image files in Windows 10 and solve the error “Sorry there was a problem mounting the file.”
What is an ISO file?
ISO files have replaced the previously used media: physical CDs and DVDs. The reason for this should be quite apparent. We typically don’t have a CD or DVD reader or burner attached to our computers.
You still have the option to burn the ISO file to a CD or DVD, but most people mount them in the operating system they are using.
If you are installing a new operating system on a computer, the most common scenario is to create a bootable USB.
When you mount the ISO file in Windows 10 or any other operating system, a virtual drive is created with a new drive letter.
What is delivered using an ISO file?
Typical content delivered using ISO files include:
- Operating Systems (Windows 10, Windows Server, macOS, Linux, etc.)
How to mount an ISO file in Windows 10
When mounting an ISO file in Windows 10, you can do it either via:
- The Windows File Explorer
Mount an ISO file using File Explorer
Browse to the ISO, which you want to mount, right-click and press Mount.
The ISO file is now mounted!
How to mount an ISO file in Windows 10 using Powershell
The second way of mounting an ISO file is by using Powershell.
Open a Powershell window, and enter the following command, changing the ImagePath to your own path:
Mount-DiskImage -ImagePath "path to ISO file"
If you see the above result, the ISO file has been mounted successfully.
How to unmount an ISO file in Windows 10
How to unmount an ISO file in Windows 10 using File Explorer
To unmount the ISO image in Windows 10, right-click the newly created disk drive and press Eject.
How to unmount an ISO file in Windows 10 using Powershell
When you wish to unmount the ISO file, enter the following command in a Powershell window:
Dismount-DiskImage -ImagePath "path to ISO file"
Mounting errors in Windows 10
Sorry There Was a Problem Mounting the File
If you download a Windows 10 ISO and try to mount it, you may receive the following error:
“Sorry, there was a problem mounting the file.”
Why this mounting error occurs
The reason we see this error in Windows 10, is that the operating system flags downloaded files.
How to fix the mount error
- Make a copy of the ISO file, place it anywhere and then mount it
I have previously only used the File Explorer but becoming more accustomed to using Powershell for this task.
How do you mount ISO files in Windows 10? Please leave a comment below 🙂