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 thoughts on “Mounting ISOs in Vista

  1. 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.

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  2. 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 http://www.daemon-tools.cc it is the real version.

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  3. 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…

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  4. 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.

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  5. 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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