Mounting Vista to a Virtual DVD/CD Drive Tutorial

Discussion in 'General Technical' started by Jason, Jun 12, 2006.

  1. Jason


    Sep 26, 2005
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    For many people once you've downloaded the latest Vista Build it is in .ISO or .IMG form in which means that you must burn it to a DVD in order to install. This is not necessary as you can mount that file to a virtual DVD/CD drive which makes vista think its really running off the DVD. This method is also faster as it eliminates the load times from the CD/DVD drive.

    Follow these steps to mount:

    1) Download Virtual CD-ROM Control Panel for Windows XP. This is a small and somewhat hidden but free program microsoft made for use w/ xp. There isn't much documentation but it is not very hard to use.

    Get it here:

    2) Extract the files and run the program .exe.

    3) Hit the Button labeled "Drive Controller" Then hit "Install Driver" and select the only file you can which was part of the package you extracted earlier. HIt "Start" and then "OK" when its finished doing its install.

    There are many other variations of this software like Dameon Tools which can also be used but the steps may be a little different.

    4) When back to the main screen, hit "Add Drive" Which will create a nice little virtual drive on your PC which you can now see in My Computer. Then hit "Mount" and browse to the Vista Install file in which you downloaded, you may need to put the drop down menu to "All Files" in order to see it.

    5) Hit "Ok" on the main screen and now you can simply go to your My Computer and clic k on the newly created CD/DVD drive and up pops the vista install. :D
    Jason, Jun 12, 2006
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