Tech Thursday: Windows 8 and Virtual Files

Windows 8Did you download Microsoft Office 2013 from UD’s software site only to find it was a Disc Image File? This type of file, also called an ISO, is a single file that is a perfect representation of an entire optical image, like a CD. They are often used to distribute large programs over the Internet because all files can be contained neatly as one file. The most common way to use an ISO file is to burn it to a disc.

Windows 8, however, introduces a new feature that allows you to “mount” disc images on a virtual disc drive. This complicated-sounding process is surprisingly straightforward. Simply right click on the ISO file, then select “mount.” The extracted file list should appear, including a setup file. Double click the setup file to start the installation.  

Read more about this great feature here!

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