What you will do if you got software in a disc image format? Disc image is a file which contains the complete content and structure of a CD or DVD in a single file. They come with an extension of .iso, .nrg, .mdf etc. Actually, we need to write them to a CD/DVD depending on the file size and then access it. Still, few people do not know that they don’t need to write them to a physical disc. You can mount those disc images as a virtual drive and access the content in it. VMware Player and VirtualBox can do this. They are free.
Though they are free, they are somewhat huge in file size when it comes to download on a slow Internet connection. They are around 35 to 45 MB in size. So, I was searching whether there is any tiny application available to do the same. I came to know about this tiny application developed by Microsoft, Virtual CD-ROM Control Panel. It is just 23KB (twenty three KB only) in size and does what I needed. Using it you can mount the disc images to a virtual drive, which will be seen along with your partitions in explorer. An unused drive letter will be assigned to it. It supports .udf, .cdfs, .jo, .iso, and .rock files.
Download the Virtual CD-ROM Control Panel V2.1. Unzip it and you will get three files – VCdControlTool.exe, VCdRom.sys, and an instruction text file. Execute VCdControlTool.exe and click “DriverControl.”
Then, click on “Install Diver” and it will ask for the driver. Point it to the “VCdRom.sys.” Then, click “Start” and then “OK.” We have done with the driver part. Now click “Add Drive” and it will add a virtual drive with an unused drive letter. In my case, it is “Z.” Now click “Mount” and select the disc image to mount. Once you are selected and clicked “OK.” You are ready with your virtual drive containing the image disc. Access the content as you burned it to a CD and put in CD/DVD Drive.