How To Extract ISO Files or IMG Files

In the past, we had written a guide on How To Open ISO Files, however, we have been receiving a lot of questions of late on how can a user extract or play an ISO or IMG file.

Both ISO files and IMG files are compressed folders like zip or RAR files which can directly be burned to a CD or DVD. However, since they are plain archive files you can also extract them to your local disk or mount ISO files as CD/DVD drives.

Extract ISO Files

If you are looking to extract ISO files, you can either use WinRAR software or choose to use the open source software called 7Zip. Once you have downloaded the 7zip software, just right click on the ISO file and then select the "Extract files" option from the menu to extract the contents of the ISO file to your disk.

WinCDEmu – Opens ISO and Other CD/DVD Images

Just in case you didn’t know, an ISO file is an exact image of a CD or DVD that can be burned to a disc. There are also other types of files that contain disc images, such as CUE, NRG, MDS/MDF, CCD, and IMG. Often times, software can be downloaded as an ISO file or another disc image type.

Not only can these image files be burned to a new disc, they can also be opened or “mounted” as a virtual drive. When you mount an ISO or similar file, it can be found as a new drive letter on your computer. This is handy, especially if you want to find out what’s in a disc image before you burn it, or if you don’t have a CD/DVD drive on your computer.

In order to mount a disc image, you’ll normally need to install virtual drive software on your PC. My favorite mounting software is Virtual Clone Drive. Once installed, it’s easy to use. You only need to double click an ISO to mount it as a new drive. Another good one is MagicDisc, which was reviewed here a few years ago.

Here’s one I recently ran into. It’s called WinCDEmu. It’s available as a normal install, and also as a portable program (single EXE file). I have a special love for portable applications and gave WinCDEmu a try.

I downloaded the portable version. It’s a small download, at about 235k. When you first launch it, you’ll be prompted to let it install it’s driver.


Click the Yesbutton to continue. After that, you’ll be able to mount ISO and other disc images by clicking the Mount another imagebutton.


As you can see above, you’ll be able to see the drive letters for your new virtual drives as you add them. That’s as complicated as it gets …


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Techie Buzz Verdict:

WinCDEmu has several things going for it. It’s free, open-source, small, and has a portable version. As I’ve shown, the portable version is simple to use, and the installed version is even easier, since it allows you to mount images by double clicking on them.

Techie Buzz Rating: 4/5 (Excellent)

Create Bootable USB Drive for CentOS/RedHat

ISO2USB is a handy utility for users who want to create bootable USB drives for CentOS or RedHat 5.X. You can create the bootable CentOS or RedHat USB drive by using your install CD or ISO image file.

Create Bootal CentOS/RedHat 5.x USB Drive

You can then use the USB stick to perform installations on computers which do not have optical drives. ISO2USB also supports custom installations disks.

The bootable USB drive can perform the full install and does not require network support.

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Microsoft Releases Windows 7 ISO USB/DVD Creation Tool

Microsoft Store has released a   which will allow users to easily create a copy of their downloaded ISO on a USB or DVD. This tool will help you create a bootable copy of the installation, which can then be used to install Windows 7 on your PC or laptop.


Once you download and install the software, run it and select the Windows 7 ISO and click on next. To create bootable Windows 7 USB drive, choose the USB option and select the flash drive from the list and click Begin copying. In order to create a bootable Windows 7 DVD, click on Begin Burning.

Techie Buzz Verdict

This tool from Microsoft will come in pretty handy, if you have decided to download a digital copy of Windows 7, in the form of a ISO or compressed file. Using this tool you can quickly and easily create a bootable USB or DVD drive and install Windows 7 with ease.

Techie Buzz Ratings: 3.5/5 (Good)

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Preview Zip Files Online Using ArchView

Opening zip files usually require downloading the whole archive and then decompressing it using a software. Things get even more inconvenient if there are a couple of corrupted files in the archive or if you only need one file from the archive but have to download the whole thing to get to that file.

ArchView is a Firefox Add-on that allows you to preview zip files online without even downloading them. Supported compressed formats are .rar and .zip. You can even use ArchView to preview .iso files. Once you have installed the add-on, clicking on any zip file would open it just like a windows explorer window and show the the content of the zip file.

It is a very useful tool to preview the contents of the zip file and save yourself from the hassle of downloading it every time. It supports HTTP, FTP and other file protocols.

Verify Windows 7 ISO Installation Files

There are lots and lots of blogs and forums who talk about leaked copies of , however we advise you to beware of those downloads, since many of those installation could be spiced up with a variety of worms, viruses and spywares, that may compromise your privacy and security.

However if you have downloaded a copy of Windows 7, before you go ahead and install it, a small tool called Windows 7 ISO verifier can save you a lot of trouble.


Once you have downloaded a copy of Windows 7, before you install it, just use this tool to verify the downloaded file, if the file is valid you should see a message saying so.

However if you see a different message it would certainly mean that the installation is gamed to install spywares, malwares, viruses or Trojans, just delete it and wait for Microsoft to release a official version. Thanks Nirmal.

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Free ISO Burner

ISO files are CD/DVD image files which can be easily burned to blank media, however you will require a ISO Burning software to write the content to a CD/DVD.

Free ISO Burner is a freeware that will allow you to burn ISO images to a CD/DVD. Free ISO Burner can directly burn your ISO and CD/DVD image file to CD-R,CD-RW, DVD-R,DVD-RW,DVD+R and DVD+RW, no need mount virtual drives which emulate physical CDs or DVDs.

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Create ISO Files From Any Folder [Folder2ISO]

ISO files is a very popular way of distributing large content over the internet and many software creators like Microsoft bundle their softwares into a ISO image file. In the past we have written about several tools that help you know how to open a .iso file, mount ISO files as a virtual CD/DD drive and burn any ISO file to a CD or DVD.

If you are looking to create ISO files we just came across a nice little freeware portable utility called Folder2ISO that will help you create ISP files from any folders.

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Burn ISO Files to CD / DVD with this Free Utility

We have talked about how to open ISO files and also a easy way to mount a ISO file as a virtual CD / DVD drive, but what if you simply burn a ISO file to a CD / DVD? Would you go and buy a costly software like Nero, which has become more of a entertainment package and less of a CD / DVD burning software or would you just wait for some free software to come by and help you burn your ISO file to a CD / DVD?

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