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Creating a virtual CD-ROM to install software for virtual machines

The Virtual-CD-ROM control panel lets you create a virtual cd drive on your computer. If you are a fan of Virtual PC this tool can be very helpful. Learn how to use it in this post.

The Virtual CD-ROM control panel lets you create a virtual CD drive on your computer. If you are a fan of Virtual PC, this tool can be very helpful. Learn how to use it in this post.

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Microsoft released Virtual CD-ROM Control Panel v2.0.11, a utility for Windows XP/Vista that allows you to create a virtual CD-ROM drive on your computer. This is especially helpful if you have a library of ISO images.

Let's begin by downloading the software to a Windows computer of your choice. Next, extract the files to your %systemroot%system32drivers folder and double-click the VcdControlTool.exe and click Driver Control. Click the Install Driver button, navigate to the %systemroot%system32drivers folder, choose VcdRom.sys, and click Open and Start and OK.

You are now ready to click Add Drive in order to add a virtual drive letter. After you click Add Drive, the drive letter appears. Choose Mount to mount your ISO image to the virtual drive letter. You can now use the drive letter as if it were a physical CD-ROM device. When you are finished with the ISO image, choose Eject |Remove Drive | Driver Control | Stop | Remove Driver | OK.

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