Native ISO Support Coming to Windows 8
Microsoft has released screen shots of Windows 8 supporting ISO and VHD natively inside of the Operating System. It is going to be built right into the Explorer and will support mounting and ejecting right from any explorer menu. You will no longer have to burn a disc to access the information on the ISO or install any 3rd party add-in. Microsoft says it is one of the most often requested items on the list of request and it will be included in Windows 8. Head over the MSDN blog to check out some more screen shots and a nice video.
So how does this work in Windows 8? It’s quite simple – just “mount” the ISO file (you can select mount from the enhanced Explorer ribbon or double-click or right-click on the file), and a new drive letter appears, indicating that the contents are now readily accessible. Underneath the covers, Windows seamlessly creates a “virtual” CDROM or DVD drive for you on-the-fly so you can access your data. Let’s walk through the flow that will enable you to access such an ISO file.