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Windows 8 Native ISO and VHD support

Windows 8 delivers many new features and like with windows 7 some of these features really help IT pros and removes the requirement for searching for utilities to enable certain tasks.


Paul Gregory | 4 September 2012

Windows 8 delivers many new features and like with windows 7 some of these features really help IT pros and removes the requirement for searching for utilities to enable certain tasks.

With Windows 7 we got the ability to burn ISO files to optical media without additional tools and the ability to create and mount VHD files using the Disk Management tool.  With Windows 8 these features have been expanded to enable the ability to open and access ISO files and VHD files straight from within Windows Explorer.  When a file of the correct type is selected in Windows Explorer a new Manage tab appears in the ribbon and the options for the files are presented (you can also right click too).

Be careful in upgrade scenarios, when upgrading from Windows 7.  If in Windows 7 you had a tool that handles these file types then the upgrade will preserve that relationship and the new features will not appear.  If you wish to enable the Windows 8 functions for ISO and VHD files right click each file type and go to the file properties. On the General tab, associate the file with Windows Explorer.

We have many tips on our newly released official Microsoft Windows 8 training courses.


QA Training | Paul Gregory

Paul Gregory

Head of Microsoft Infrastructure

A Microsoft Certified Trainer since 1995, Paul has worked both for and with some of the world's leading IT Services organisations – including Unisys, Dell and Microsoft during the Microsoft Windows (TAP) Technology Adoption Programme. Paul specializes in delivering training around the Windows Operating system as well infrastructure and management solutions around System Center going right back to SMS 1.0. Paul is a frequent visitor to Microsoft's Global Headquarters in Seattle to attend early product workshops and for many years has delivered training courses around the world on behalf of Microsoft. In addition to being actively involved in Microsoft's Windows TAP programme, Paul has recently delivered both Microsoft's Private Cloud 2012 readiness training to partners in the UK and was a member of the Microsoft global training team delivering Windows Server 2012 early adopter training. During recent years Microsoft has requested Paul to deliver System Center training at both Redmond and The South American head office to Microsoft Partners.
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