ISO files are very common now. However, still, many average PC users get inquiries regarding ISO files and how to use them correctly. If you feel confused working with ISO files, this article will be very useful for you.
You should understand that ISO file types are a special way of packaging various folders and files altogether. They are packaged into a single file with the extension which is called ISO file extension. This extension is mainly used for making images of DVDs and CDs. Such files contain everything. This is very convenient for storing your data on your personal computer, as well as for downloading it. Instead of providing vast physical media content, you can simply distribute such programs. More and more PC users tend to encounter such ISO file types because fewer and fewer devices have optical drivers.
Why do so many users of personal computers face difficulties with such ISO files? If you use Windows XP/Vista, you should understand that ISO files are not recognized by them. Every time when you want to get ISO files opened in old Windows versions, they do not work as they should. You will have to install a trustworthy software which will help you to get access to ISO files easily. You can download such programs at Wikiext. As for Windows 7, it has already the feature for burning ISO files both to DVDs and CDs. It is recommended to update to Windows 8 because this version has all necessary facilities for managing ISO files without any problems.
How can you burn ISO files to DVDs and CDs?
Mostly, ISO files are used for burning them to a physical DVDs or CDs. The only thing you will need is to extract all individual files/folders out of your ISO file and get them placed on any kind of physical media. Windows Disc Image Burner has been built-in into Windows 7. You will need to place any kind of blank DVD/CD in PC optical drive and click twice your ISO file. Once, your DVD/CD disk has been burnt, your files/folders can be used in a usual way. Nowadays, the majority of personal computers already come with built-in third-party software for burning discs.
Emulating discs by mounting ISO files
In some case, you even do not have to burn physical discs. It is much better to use ISO files directly. If you use old programs, there is a chance that the program will not recognize your external disc. In such a case, it is recommended to get your ISO files mounted. By doing this, ISO file will appear on a separate drive. Users of Windows 8 are lucky because mounting ISO files has never been that easy. They just have to right-click a certain ISO file choose "Mount" from the appeared context menu.
Reading ISO files content without unpacking
Modern applications are able to read ISO files. It works in the same way as discs. Is it also possible to use third-party websites to deal with ISO file extensions, such as windows10portal and filehippo. The content of ISO files can be read with special ZIP programs. Unpacking ISP files directly to USB drives or hard drives is possible too. Users can easily install ZIP program and get files/folders extracted into a separate folder on US drive or hard drive. Using ZIP programs is the same as you use common archive files.