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How to Install a Software Program from an ISO File

Posted by Ryan on 27th Dec 2019

How to Install a Software Program from an ISO File

The way you install a program from an ISO file varies depending on which version of Windows you use. Let’s check out your options.

How to Install a Software Program from an ISO File

Certain software programs, especially large ones, are sometimes formatted and made available as ISO files, from Windows itself to applications like Microsoft Office.

An ISO file contains all the installation files for a single program, but how do you install an application from its ISO file? Well, that depends on which version of Windows you're running.

Windows 10 Pro or 8.1, you can mount the ISO file as a virtual drive and install the software from there. In older versions of Windows such as 7, you'll need to download a utility that can mount the ISO file for you. You can also burn the ISO file to a CD or DVD or copy it to a USB drive and install it from the disc or drive. If you download Windows 10 as an ISO file, you will need to burn it to a bootable DVD or copy it to a bootable USB drive to install it on your target computer. Let's go over these different methods.

Mount the ISO File in Windows 10 or 8.1

Mount the ISO File in Windows 10 or 8.1

In Windows 10 or 8.1, download the ISO file. Open File Explorer and right-click the file. From the pop-up menu, select the Mount command.

Virtual Drive

Virtual Drive

That opens a virtual drive from which you can install the software. On that virtual drive, you should find a setup.exe file or a similar file for installing the program. Double-click that file to install the software.

Eject Virtual Drive

Eject Virtual Drive

After the installation has finished, close the setup program, if necessary. Open your This PC folder in File Explorer so you can see all your disk drives. Right-click on the virtual drive. (It will likely have a drive letter of D or E, depending on your configuration). From the pop-up menu, click the Eject command. That removes the virtual drive, though your ISO file is still alive and well.

Mount the ISO File in Windows 7

Mount the ISO File in Windows 7

The mount command is available only in Windows 8, 8.1, and 10. If you're running Windows 7, you can instead turn to a free virtual drive utility. One good program is Virtual CloneDrive. After installation, open Windows Explorer in Windows 7 and right-click the ISO file you wish to install. From the pop-up menu, click the Mount (Virtual CloneDrive) command.

Run the Setup

Run the Setup

The virtual drive is created. A small window pops up asking if you want to run the setup file or open the folder for the virtual drive. Choose the option to run the setup file.

Unmount Virtual Drive

Unmount Virtual Drive

The installation then proceeds. After the program has installed, right-click on the ISO file in Windows Explorer and click Unmount from the pop-up menu to remove the virtual drive.