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Windows 7: Unable to mount ISO as virtual CD-ROM

22 May 2014   #1
jchap1590

Windows 7 Professional, 64-bit
 
 
Unable to mount ISO as virtual CD-ROM

I am trying to create a Windows To Go stick but I am unable to mount an ISO file as a virtual CD-ROM, which I need to do to install the Windows 7 Automated Installation Kit to deploy the OS image. My system does not have an optical drive, burning the ISO to a disk is not an option.

I run Windows 7 Ultimate, 64-bit so Microsoft's Virtual CD-ROM Control Panel is also not an option for me.

Have tried: MagicDisc, WinCDEmu and WinISO

it seems like the virtual CD-ROM driver installation hangs. when I first installed MagicDisc, the driver failed to install. I uninstalled and tried to re-install, but the driver install never initialized the second time around. WinCDEmu hung on the driver install for 15 minutes before I ended the process. Stopped and restarted the 'virtual disk' service (although I'm not sure if that pertains only to virtual hard drives or not). Driver will still not install. WinISO successfully mounted the image (supposedly) but was unable to assign a volume letter. The virtual drive did not appear in 'Disk Management' so I was not able to manually assign a drive letter.

I have exhausted all the options I can think of, I have never had an issue with mounting an ISO on Windows 7 so I am unsure how to proceed.

Any help would be appreciated


Thanks,
JChap1590


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22 May 2014   #2
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

I use Virtual CloneDrive (Freeware).
(Near the bottom of that web page.)

If that does not install for you, then it might be time for this: SFC scan.
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22 May 2014   #3
jchap1590

Windows 7 Professional, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by UsernameIssues View Post
I use Virtual CloneDrive (Freeware).
(Near the bottom of that web page.)

If that does not install for you, then it might be time for this: SFC scan.
I may run an SFC scan anyways, now that you mention it. certain things with the OS do not seem right, such as not being able to create a bootable USB with RMPrepUSB. the app just hangs.

This is a week-old OS mounted on a RAID array, so the system files should be perfectly fine, but these 2 hang-ups are making me think differently

thanks for the suggestion
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23 May 2014   #4
jchap1590

Windows 7 Professional, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by UsernameIssues View Post
I use Virtual CloneDrive (Freeware).
(Near the bottom of that web page.)

If that does not install for you, then it might be time for this: SFC scan.

SFC found corrupt files but was unable to repair them, any suggestions? CBS.log attached

thanks


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23 May 2014   #5
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Please try each step (except #5) in this post:
Windows Update Posting Instructions
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23 May 2014   #6
jchap1590

Windows 7 Professional, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by UsernameIssues View Post
Please try each step (except #5) in this post:
Windows Update Posting Instructions
my Windows Update does not return with error codes, do you still you suggest I try these steps?

thanks
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23 May 2014   #7
jchap1590

Windows 7 Professional, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by UsernameIssues View Post
I use Virtual CloneDrive (Freeware).
(Near the bottom of that web page.)

If that does not install for you, then it might be time for this: SFC scan.
Virtual CloneDrive was successfully in mounting my image! Just trying to clear up this filesystem corruption now
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23 May 2014   #8
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jchap1590 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by UsernameIssues View Post
Please try each step (except #5) in this post:
Windows Update Posting Instructions
my Windows Update does not return with error codes, do you still you suggest I try these steps?

thanks
I'm hoping that the SURT will work some magic. I've seen it take minutes to complete on some computers - but take overnight on other computers. It should not hurt to run it even if you don't get Windows Update errors.

I'm no good at reading those CBS files. Maybe other forum members can help you there.
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23 May 2014   #9
jchap1590

Windows 7 Professional, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by UsernameIssues View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jchap1590 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by UsernameIssues View Post
Please try each step (except #5) in this post:
Windows Update Posting Instructions
my Windows Update does not return with error codes, do you still you suggest I try these steps?

thanks
I'm hoping that the SURT will work some magic. I've seen it take minutes to complete on some computers - but take overnight on other computers. It should not hurt to run it even if you don't get Windows Update errors.

I'm no good at reading those CBS files. Maybe other forum members can help you there.
same result (with errors). thanks anyway
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23 May 2014   #10
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jchap1590 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by UsernameIssues View Post
I use Virtual CloneDrive (Freeware).
(Near the bottom of that web page.)

If that does not install for you, then it might be time for this: SFC scan.

SFC found corrupt files but was unable to repair them, any suggestions? CBS.log attached

thanks
SFC with /SCANNOW switch needs often to be run several times. Three - four times is totally normal, sometimes even more. This is also clearly told in the tutorial. My rule is: after an SFC /SCANNOW run, if not all errors were fixed, reboot and repeat, although not every geek sees the reboot in between the SFC runs necessary.

This quote from the SFC tutorial:

Quote:
Note   Note
  • If SFC could not fix something, then run the command again to see if it may be able to the next time. Sometimes it may take running the sfc /scannow command 3 or more times to completely fix everything that it's able to.
  • If not, then download and run the 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) System Update Readiness Tool for your same installed 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 7, restart the PC afterwards, and try the sfc /scannow command again.
  • If still not, then try using OPTION ONE above to run the sfc /scannow command at boot.
  • If still not, then you can attempt to run a System Restore using a restore point dated before the bad file occured to fix it. You may need to repeat doing a System Restore until you find a older restore point that may work.
  • If still not, then you can use the steps in the TIP box in the OPTION THREE section below to manually replace the files that SFC could not fix if there are not to many fix.
  • If there are to many files to manually fix, or you prefer not to use OPTION THREE below, then you could do a repair install without losing anything.
  • If you would like to get help with your SFC issue, then be sure to upload and attach your sfcdetails.txt file from OPTION THREE below in your post.
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