Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 can have the mount option of ISO files by default. You can just right-click any ISO file and select Mount from the context menu. Previously it was done using third-party software which would create additional virtual CD/DVD ROM drives in which the ISO files were inserted virtually. But now, Windows Explorer has the capability of creating a virtual DVD ROM and automatically inserting the ISO file.
Sometimes, a third-party application will mess up the default options and the mount option will seem missing in Windows 10 or Windows 8.1. In this article, we’ll see how to fix the mount option missing in Windows 10 which had been messed up by a third-party app.
If you do not have the mounting option in your context menu for an ISO file, you can follow the steps below to enable it. There are several ways to fix the issue.
Add Mount ISO Option to Context Menu Using Settings App
Follow the steps below to select File Explorer as the default app for ISO and IMG files, which in turn will show the “Mount” option in the context menu when you right-click an IMG or ISO image:
- Navigate to the following:
Settings app >> Apps >> Default Apps >> Set defaults by apps
- Here, scroll down and click Windows Disc Image Burner. Then click Manage under it.
- Now, make sure that Windows Explorer is selected as the Default app for .img abd .iso files. If not, click on the option and select it.
Now you can mount any ISO file easily and use this Windows feature.
Add Mount ISO Option to Context Menu Using Control Panel
Note: This method has been deprecated as Microsoft has shifted the relevant controls to the Settings app from the legacy Control Panel.
Follow the steps below to add the “Mount” option to the context menu using the Control Panel:
- Go to the Start Menu and search for default program.
- Open the default program and click on set your default programs
- And then select” Windows disc image burner” and click “Choose default app for this program”
- You will see a list of default programs and click on check all. and save it
- And now mount option is enabled in your system.yo can check by clicking right on any ISO file, you will see that “mount” option is available there now.
Although there are other files formats available on the internet, such as DMG, but are not natively supported by Windows. Thankfully, ISO and IMG files are very commonly used, and thus Microsoft had decided to support these image files. For that reason, users can directly mount such images to their PCs and can use them, without any third-party applications.