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Windows 7: Please MS build in ISO mounter


09 Aug 2009   #1

W7 X-64 W8.1 X-64 Opensuse 13.1 W2003 Server
 
 
Please MS build in ISO mounter

Hi all
I know there are 3rd party tools etc (and probably the EU would have a fit again) but I think it would be an excellent idea for MS to build an ISO mounter in to the functionality of the OS. Virtual drives are flexible, convenient etc and with the HUGE sizes of pocket sized external USB drives available it makes no sense either practically or environmentally for people on the move who need to take a lot of software with them for testing to have to carry loads of DVD's. I have loads and loads of ISO's on a tiny (in physical size) 320GB WD passport USB drive - really handy BTW.

(Linux has had the ability to mount ISO's for YEARS).

Of course you've got Ultra ISO / sly soft etc etc but this to me should be an integral part of the OS.

(BIOS manufacturers should also look at the possibility of being able to boot directly from a virtual ISO instead of having to insert a separate USB stick etc at boot).

Hopefully in Windows 7 SP1 maybe.

Cheers
jimbo


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09 Aug 2009   #2

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

That would be a nice addition. Don't forget that Windows 7 is the first OS from MS that has included a native .iso burning facility. We might have to wait until SP1 (or even SP2) for this to be added. We might even have to wait for W8 for this feature.
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09 Aug 2009   #3

Vista/Windows 7
 
 

I need to get some viryual drive software...can anybody recomend any? Preferable something that doesnt cost a lot too! lol

Thanks
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09 Aug 2009   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dwarf View Post
That would be a nice addition. Don't forget that Windows 7 is the first OS from MS that has included a native .iso burning facility. We might have to wait until SP1 (or even SP2) for this to be added. We might even have to wait for W8 for this feature.
It really should be in-built by now. The OP makes some great point and m$ would do well to take notice of such points
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09 Aug 2009   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (Retail)
 
 

Virtual Clone Drive elby Free Software
or at
http://www.slysoft.com/en/download.html


Free and simple and works with Windows 7.
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09 Aug 2009   #6

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by burtie View Post
I need to get some viryual drive software...can anybody recomend any? Preferable something that doesnt cost a lot too! lol

Thanks

I've been using Gizmo (free) - Gizmo Drive -- Mount ISOs, encrypted hard drive images to a virtual drive
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09 Aug 2009   #7

W7 X-64 W8.1 X-64 Opensuse 13.1 W2003 Server
 
 

Hi there
I know we can get this stuff but I was saying this really should be an integral part of the OS.

Whilst I'm not against 3rd party products -- many many applications are EXCELLENT and definitely aren't part of the OS but there are other applications and features that really SHOULD be part of the base product and something like this is definitly a "Base feature".

Also when Windows 7 came out quite a lot of these 3rd party tools didn't work such as alcohol etc. if you use these a lot it prevents you from upgrading in a timely manner.

Cheers
jimbo
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09 Aug 2009   #8

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by burtie View Post
I need to get some viryual drive software...can anybody recomend any? Preferable something that doesnt cost a lot too! lol

Thanks

PowerIso


* As great as it would be to have inbuilt support, I wouldn't hold my breath for it to ever happen.

You can just imagine the anti-trust, anti-piracy, anti-anti groups making such a fuss that it would ultimately be deemed by MS to be not worthwhile.
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09 Aug 2009   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by smarteyeball View Post
PowerIso


* As great as it would be to have inbuilt support, I wouldn't hold my breath for it to ever happen.

You can just imagine the anti-trust, anti-piracy, anti-anti groups making such a fuss that it would ultimately be deemed by MS to be not worthwhile.
+1 for Power ISO
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09 Aug 2009   #10

Windows7 Enterprise
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by smarteyeball View Post
PowerIso


* As great as it would be to have inbuilt support, I wouldn't hold my breath for it to ever happen.

You can just imagine the anti-trust, anti-piracy, anti-anti groups making such a fuss that it would ultimately be deemed by MS to be not worthwhile.
Quite actually I can not.
ISO is a container format, nothing else. In other words it´s about the same as a VHD or a zip-file wich is supported. Windows 7 also does iso burning so it already has the knowledge on how to read a ISO file.

Further on, MS do ship there software in ISO format on technet/MSDN and VLCS, therefore there is a very clear need for this kind of function in Windows to be able to use MS own software. Burning it to a disc is not enviromental friendly.

Third party apps in this sector is very high on PSS list over known bluescreen genetrators (only AV is worse). That in turn gives MS a bad reputation because "Windows crashed", a user doesn't understand that it was the third party app that realy caused the bluescreen

For you that have SA/EA, or partner connections. Drop MS a DCR for a mounting capability. Enough customer feedback on this and we will get it
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