Screenshots: Use ISO Recorder to create an ISO

Create ISO files in Windows 8

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I recently received an email message from a reader who had installed Windows XP in a Client Hyper-V virtual machine on a Windows 8 desktop machine and now wanted to do the same on her tablet PC running Windows 8. However, the tablet did not have an optical disc drive and she wondered what would be the best way to solve the problem.

As you know, one of the new features in Windows 8 is the ability to natively open and view ISO and VHD files right from File Explorer. I showed you the VHD feature in a recent article, Restore individual files from a System Image in Windows 8, but I have not really examined the ISO process in any detail; however, it is just as slick and will solve half of the problem. The other half of the problem can also be solved by using a simple third-party tool called ISO Recorder.

Thus, I told the reader that she could create an ISO file of her Windows XP CD, copy that ISO file to the tablet, and then use it to install XP in a Client Hyper-V virtual machine

In this article, I'll show you how to use ISO Recorder to create an ISO. As I do, I'll show you how Windows 8's native ISO reader works.

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By Greg Shultz

Greg Shultz is a freelance Technical Writer. Previously, he has worked as Documentation Specialist in the software industry, a Technical Support Specialist in educational industry, and a Technical Journalist in the computer publishing industry.