Mounting ISOs in Vista

Does anyone out there have a suggestion for software that actually works on Vista for mounting ISOs? I’ve tried a few with varying results – from immediate BSOD on boot to nothing but a black desktop on boot (cursor included).

  1. MagicISO – This is the one that worked the best until a reboot. I’d just arrive at a black background with a mouse cursor – no login screen
  2. Virtual Clone Drive – Caused the Blue Screen of Death upon install and subsequent boot. Even in Safe Mode. I had to boot from the Vista disc, attempt a repair (which failed), then drop down to command line and rename/delete system32driversvclone.sys (I think that’s what it was called). Then everything came back up so I could uninstall this horrible excuse for an app. Note, I just realized that download page doesn’t include Vista as a platform. Oops. I had read others who were successfully using it on Vista so gave it a shot.
  3. Can’t remember what I uninstalled – I uninstalled it because ULead didn’t recognize the virtual drive. Now that I’ve ran into these recent problems I really wish I could remember the name of the software I was using because it worked except for the ULead visibility.
  4. Daemon Tools Lite – Yeah, this might have worked but is packaged with spyware crap.

All I want is to be able to mount an ISO as a virtual CD/DVD drive. A nice-to-have feature would be for that drive to appear as a CD/DVD drive in ULead Media Video Studio 11 (edit: changed the name). For some reason MagicISO did (and worked until reboot) but others didn’t.

Any recommendations?






5 responses to “Mounting ISOs in Vista”

  1. shoo Avatar

    I’ve used MagicISO and thought it was a piece of junk. Don’t remember as to why I thought it was junk.

    Lately I’ve found it easier just to burn. Repost if you find something useful.


  2. Mark Avatar

    I’m not sure what spyware you are referring to, but I’ve always used Daemon Tools without a problem. In fact, I have it installed on my work machines (not that I really care if it invites any unwanted guests in on my work machine, but…). There are several un-official versions of daemon around. If you go to it is the real version.


  3. EJ Avatar

    Google for “daemon tools spyware” without quotes. I’m pretty sure I had unchecked the search bar option (which supposedly doesn’t install the crap) but my antivirus/antispyware freaked out about it.

    Damnit, I’m going to have to try it again, aren’t I…


  4. EJ Avatar

    OK, I just reinstalled and made sure I unchecked the option for the search bar. What happened is MS ForeFront saw the registry modification for Daemon.exe and is treating it like the DaemonSearchBar.exe. I don’t know if that’s because their SpyNet is confused or what.


  5. Mark Avatar

    I have it installed at home with forefront, but I had daemon installed before forefront was installed; so I’m not sure if that made a difference. I would think/hope forefront would have caught it regardless. What is the registry key that it is tripping on?


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