How to mount and run an ISO in Windows 11

  • General

An ISO file or image is a compilation of data that contains all necessary files and applications to run a program. ISO images substitute physical disks, such as CDs and DVDs, that would instead have been needed to install a program. It is commonly used for large software such as operating systems or games.

Like a physical disk, an ISO image needs to be mounted first before being run. Mounting means accessing the ISO file’s contents similar to how your computer would read a physical disk. You can think of it as your computer simulating a CD running, but instead, it is software that it is reading.

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