ISO is not a file format that Windows can open natively. An ISO file is an image of a CD/DVD. Once you have downloaded an .ISO file, there are several possible options you can use to install the software:
- Copy Image to CD or Burn Image – recommended software.
- Virtually mount and access ISO files as a virtual device – recommended mounting tools.
- Extract the .ISO files to your hard drive – recommended tools.
An ISO image is an archive file of an optical disc, a type of disk image composed of the data contents from every written sector on an optical disc, including the optical disc file system. ISO image files usually have a file extension of .iso. The name ISO is taken from the ISO 9660 file system used with CD-ROM media, but what is known as an ISO image might also contain a UDF (ISO/IEC 13346) file system (commonly used by DVDs and Blu-ray Discs).
ISO images can be created from optical discs by disk imaging software, or from a collection of files by optical disc authoring software, or from a different disk image file by means of conversion. Software distributed on bootable discs is often available for download in ISO image format. And like any other ISO image, it may be written to an optical disc such as CD or DVD.
Note: The term is not related as meaning to the International Organization for Standardization (French: Organisation internationale de normalisation, Russian: Международная организация по стандартизации, Myezhdunarodnaya organizatsiya po standartizatsii), widely known as ISO, which is an international standard-setting body composed of representatives from various national standards organizations. Founded on February 23, 1947, the organization promotes worldwide proprietary, industrial, and commercial standards.
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