iso file- now what?

  SparkyJack 11:31 21 Mar 2013

Having downloaded an ISO file, what does one do with it?

Various ;unpacking options do not work.

So what is the next move please?

  alanrwood 11:47 21 Mar 2013

You need to burn the file to a disk using an iso compatible burning program. Try CDBurnerXP as it is free and available from

It will burn CDs and DVDs and is compatible with Vista, Win7 and Win 8.

  Chronos the 2nd 11:59 21 Mar 2013

Or, as I prefer, you can mount it as a virtual CD using this. Virtual Clone Drive.

  lotvic 12:00 21 Mar 2013

What you do depends on what's in it and what OS you are using - Windows or Linux?

an .iso is an image file of a dvd.

If a film iso then VLC will mount it and play it.

this microsoft technet blog gives some info on how to mount as a virtual drive but it really does depend on the contents of the .iso It's usually easier to burn it to a dvd.

  SparkyJack 12:48 21 Mar 2013

Sorry chaps should have thought this through a little more

It is in fact on a disc[burned as an ISO with CD Burner XP Pro]

It is from this disc I am working

It simple run has be right ckicked to open'

  alanrwood 12:59 21 Mar 2013

Not sure what your last sentence means.

Did you just burn the downloaded iso to the DVD as the original file mwith an iso extension or did you use CDBurner to create the DVD from the iso file.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 13:55 21 Mar 2013

Properly burning an ISO image file to a disc is a bit different than just burning the ISO file as you would any other file.

You'll need to choose the "burn image" or "write image" option in your burning software and then choose the file.

  SparkyJack 11:07 22 Mar 2013

Thank you all for your responses Yesterday was not a good day- I guess I was Hyper a lot f the time. This item is linked to an earlier post

Relating to an elerly Toshiba notebook- Portage 100 It simply will not run Linux distros Following advice , downloaded Puppy Precise aand burned it on another machine and run the disk in the Toshiba

Nothing happened.

Hence this post.

Inserted the disk in the machine that burned it

Puppy loaded

So it seem the Toshiba is going t be stuck with Windoze.

  alanrwood 14:52 22 Mar 2013

Sounds as though the Tosh DVD drive is incompatible with the disk you have used. Try another brand and see if other disks will play in the Tosh ie other DVDs if the Distro is on a DVD. This is not an unusual problem. Another alternative is to get a friend to burn the Distro for you and it just might them be more compatible.

  MadNoah 09:17 28 Mar 2013

  MadNoah 09:28 28 Mar 2013

I use a program named WinISO Standard 6. It can cope with the ISO file. I am not sure what you need to do next step. The software can edit, mount, burn, create, extract iso files. Maybe this software can help you solve the problem you met. Good luck.

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