How to open ISO files?

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An ISO image is an image of files that can be burnt to a CD. If you’ve just downloaded an ISO file, and be able to open the ISO file and edit its contents, before burning it off on a CD, here’s a quick guide telling you how you can open an ISO file.

First, you should know that there are quite a handful of programs that let you open ISO files, but I’m going to talk only about WinRAR here, because it’s a simple tool and just does the job intended.

    • Get your copy of WinRAR from this page, double click on the setup file and the installation proceeds.

Open ISO files

    • During the setup process, WinRAR will ask you to set file associations, make sure that ISO is checked. Click ‘Done’ in the next window.

Open ISO file using WinRAR

  • Now, navigate to the folder where your ISO file is present. Notice that there’s a WinRAR icon indicating the ISO file.
  • Double click to open the ISO file.
  • WinRAR opens and the contents of the file are displayed.

Here are some more resources that will help you deal with ISO files.

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Shankar Ganesh

A 16 year old Techie, High School Student, Blogger and Part Time Freelance Writer from India. He writes about computers and software at Killer Tech Tips

  • Yo yo Man

    Yo what up G, nice guide.

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  • Ayas

    Hey thanks ..simple and helpful..keep it up

  • Understood?

    Umm… Is that WinRAR free?

    • tanvi


  • Rayne

    thanks! very helpful info!

  • Deepak Sharma

    Excellent instructions.

  • munevar800

    winRAR is a freeware..
    you can have it free,,, ^^.

  • kamishikome

    Thanks for this little guide

  • ePunk

    very simple but extremely helpful !!
    thank you very much :)

  • Zack

    Hey, nice guide, and yes win-rar is free.. here is the website you can download it there –>

    Thanks for the guide it did help me opening the iso.

  • Fahad Hasan

    Great info. I was seraching whole day how to open ISO files but thisi is very simple.

  • WinMount can also open an iso file.

    • Micheel


  • WinMount supports mounting ISO file as a virtual disk, there are 4 ways:
    1. Using file association

    1) Open WinMount main window, Click the “Option” drop down menu, Select “Options-File Association”, tip ISO to be associated with Mount.

    2) Double-click a ISO file, WinMount will mount it to a new virtual disk.

    2. Using right-click menu

    On ISO right-click drop down menu, click “WinMount3 -> Mount to new drive”, WinMount will mount it to a new virtual disk.

    . Mount to new drive : Mount the ISO file to a new virtual drive.
    . Mount to…: Assign a disk letter for the ISO file. (Refer to “How to assign a disk?” on the bottom of this page.)

    3. Using toolbar

    1) Click the button “Mount File” on the toolbar of WinMount main interface;

    2) Select a ISO files, click “ok”. WinMount will mount it to a new virtual disk.

    4. Using drag

    Drag a ISO file to WinMount main interface, WinMount will mount it to a new virtual disk.

    How to assign a disk?

    Of course, you can assign a disk for the ISO file, such as H: or K: or whatever you like.

    1) Click the button “Mount to” on the toolbar of WinMount main interface( or right-click the ISO file and select “Mount to…”).

    2) Select a ISO file, select a drive, then WinMount would mount the ISO file to the assigned disk.

    You can also input a path for the ISO file.
    For example, select “H:\” and input “folder\folder1″, then the ISO file would be mount to “H:\folder\folder1″.

  • thanks, worked like a charm!

  • WinRAR works for me too. But WinMount has got merit as well. For quick and easy WinRAR is king though!

  • Many user just run the setup but not tick the ISO on the setup. Maybe the file seem not really important to them.

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  • capik

    Why when I wanna open the ISO file with WinRar the warning message shows that “The archieve is either unkonown format or damaged”?What should Ido?

  • WinRar needs to be bundled with computers before they're shipped.

  • Praveen
  • lol.. I use Ubuntu and eveything is in-built. You don't need to install a thing

  • Hey, but that winrar is not free. can you tell any other way to get it open.

    whenever i open winrar, it is telling to evaluate. How to open iso file in other way?

  • hello friend
    can you tell me what to do
    if winrar says that the archive is either unknown or damaged
    but the person who gave me the file said
    the file is ok
    and the problem is with winrar,
    please tell me if i need any other software for doing that..
    or the file is not good
    as far as i think the archive is good and working
    help would be appreciated…..

    • julian

      The best program for opening ISO files is “7-Zip File Menager”

  • Thank you very much for such a simple solution

  • jane

    when I open the ISO file with WinRar, a warning message is displayed saying that “The archieve is either an unknown format or damaged

    What shud I do?

    • could be that the something messed up with download and u could re-download

      check your settings and make sure ISO is checked also

      • kbon

        use 7zip or magicISO