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Windows Create ISO image under Windows - this is how it works

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More and more laptops and even desktop PCs these days come without DVD or Blu-ray drives - no wonder, as software is increasingly being distributed digitally. But what about your collection of programs, games or even films on CD, DVD or Blu-ray? The solution: create an ISO image of discs that you plan to use later.

What are ISO files and what are they good for?

An ISO is a One-to-one image of a complete CD, DVD or Blu-ray Disc in a single file. These files can later be integrated directly into the system and used like a "real" disc or burned back onto an optical medium. ISOs are therefore ideally suited to Archive CDs, DVDs and Blu-rays. ISOs are just as good for to back up old software or games. For example, would you like to continue using a classic DOS-era game in an emulator like DOSBox? Then just create an ISO file on the hard drive from the original CD.

The ISO files created in this way can be integrated directly into the file system under Windows 10 and Windows 8 without additional software. Click that Image simply with the right mouse button and select the command "Provide". The ISO now appears like an inserted DVD in the Windows file explorer. Under Windows 7 you need separate software for this, such as the free WinCDEMU. Virtualization programs such as the free VirtualBox can also access the ISO files directly. So if you want For example, if you are using Windows 7 in a Linux or macOS environment, you need the appropriate ISO file from which you can then start the virtual machine and install the system in its virtualized environment.

Create ISOs: what do you need?

Of course, the first thing you need to create an ISO file on Windows is one suitable drive. If you do not have a PC with a DVD or Blu-ray drive, you can also create the ISOs using a suitable USB drive. In addition to the hardware, you need most of all Storage space: unlike ZIP archives, for example, ISO files are not compressed. This means that the files created take up as much space as their source. A typical DVD ISO accordingly requires up to 4.7 gigabytes on the hard drive, with dual-layer DVDs the space requirement doubles. On the other hand, there are external hard drives with a terabyte of storage space (enough for more than 200 single-layer DVDs) for less than 50 euros. A DVD archive on hard drive shouldn't be a major problem.

Another note: In theory, you can create an ISO image from any type of optical disc. However, this does not automatically mean that you can use the content in exactly the same way as on the original! Computer games or even films with a copy protection cannot easily be used as ISO. The presented program IMGBurn does not offer any possibility to remove copy protection from CDs, DVDs or Blu-rays.

Create ISO files from CDs, DVDs or Blu-rays

Let’s begin with the preface. There are a number of programs that can create ISO files. We rely on the proven and reliable IMGBurn (free of charge at https://www.heise.de/download/product/imgburn-36237). Follow the instructions for installing IMGBurn to keep advertising programs away from your hard drive. That being said, the program does an excellent job of creating ISO files.

Now just let IMGBurn work until the program has completed the process. You can then integrate, archive or burn the created ISO file. The latter works directly in IMGBurn or with Windows on-board tools. Simply click on the created ISO with the right mouse button, choose "Burn disk image"and follow the instructions in the wizard.

Create ISO file from folders and files

Practically: You can get ISOs not only from DVDs and CDs, but also from them Folders and files on your hard drive. This is useful, for example, to Archive photo collections. The IMGBurn already presented brings the practical function with it. How to use it: