View Full Version : Windows XP Virtual_CD-ROM Utility

Babe Ruth
05-11-2003, 08:43 AM
Want a utility to mount image files (.ISO files) as virtual CD-ROM devices under Windows XP? Well Microsoft has an unsupported utility called Virtual CD-ROM Control Panel for Windows XP that will let you mount image files (.ISO files) as virtual CD-ROM devices. Using this utility means you can copy a CD image to your hard drive and XP will see it as if it were a CD drive. The link is to the executable file Virtual_CD-ROM (http://www.winxpnews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=031104TI-Virtual_CD-ROM)

Cheers, Babe.

05-11-2003, 03:15 PM
Alcohol 120 is better.

(please don't start a flame war..........)

05-11-2003, 04:17 PM
> Alcohol 120 is better.

Could u tell me where to get it? i have got a 52x CD-ROM and don't want 2 use it.

05-11-2003, 04:38 PM
I believe it is www.alcohol-software.com (http://www.alcohol-software.com).

There is also a neat, smaller program called Daemon Tools, available from www.daemon-tools.cc (http://www.daemon-tools.cc/portal/download.php).

05-11-2003, 05:00 PM
www.alaohol-software.com is the site 4 alcohol 120

05-11-2003, 05:29 PM
Alcohol costs, but its worth every cent, especially if you find a download for ClonyXXL!!
Daemon tools is free isnt it?

Linux can mount .mds, .iso, and others natively ;-)

05-11-2003, 05:55 PM

05-11-2003, 05:58 PM
oh.. let me guess.

in bash:

mount (filename) /mnt/(mountpoint)

06-11-2003, 05:52 AM
mount -t iso9660 -o loop /home/ilikelinux/cd_image.iso /mnt/image1/

Obviously this assumes you have /home/ilikelinux/cd_image.iso (Change it to your ISO location.. or MDS's seem to work too).

/mnt/image1/ is where you'll be mounting it obviously, and again you can chop and change this to suit your needs.


06-11-2003, 06:04 AM
so i wassn't far off was i?

ok maybe a little.

15-05-2004, 07:25 PM
Does virtual CD software work better than mapped drives? Also, since I have several mapped drives wouldn't this make less drive letters available? One mentions 31 drives. How's this possible with only 26 letters and at least 3 are used (floppy drive, hard drive, optical drive, mapped drives and extra hard drive partitions)? Novell makes a CD array available as sub directories of a drive letter therefore almost unlimited cd-roms available - Is there anything available that will emulate this but using Windows NT (2000/XP/2003) virtual CD emulation (using hard drive storage instead of many CD-ROMS installed although I would be interested to know of the CD-ROM array also)?

16-05-2004, 02:17 AM
Yes I give Alcohol 120% a high rating too. While the windows one can probably only mount iso files, Alcohol can do just about everything including emulating the copy protection in games. Also mounts your SVCD movies you've downloaded, so you can preview them before deciding if they are good enough for cd.

16-05-2004, 02:19 AM
You can go into computer management and instead of assigning partitions a drive letter, you can mount them under a NTFS directory. You might be able to do the same for network drives?