Have you ever downloaded a program from the Internet and found out that it is an .ISO file rather than an .EXE or .ZIP? Maybe you’ve tried to install software from a server because the disk wasn’t available but again found that you couldn’t do anything with an .ISO file. The reason is that your operating system requires an .ISO file to be loaded from a disk drive like your CD-ROM or DVD-ROM.
Here are your options. If you are running any Windows OS prior to Windows 7, then you must acquire .ISO burning software. You cannot simply copy the file to a disk; it will not work. You must acquire and use .ISO burning software. That is inefficient and wastes a disk when you don’t need to. if you are running Windows 7, you can use the built-in software to burn the .ISO image to a disk, then install the application from the disk. That is a little better, but still takes time that is unnecessary and uses a disk when you don’t need to. The best option is to mount a virtual drive.
An easy way to do that is to use Virtual Clone Drive produced by Slysoft. Virtual Clone Drive is free to download and use. What it does is creates a virtual drive that the .ISO file can be mounted to, then installed from. This prevents you from having to burn the .ISO file to a disk before installing. This is very convenient for any time, and it is a life saver when you do not have a disk with you to burn to.