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.