When Office products are downloaded from the Volume License Service Center they come down as .ISO files. .ISO is not a file format that Windows can open natively.
An ISO file is an image of a CD/DVD. Typically you would be able to use a burning program like Nero, or ImgBurn, to then burn that ISO file directly to a disk.
How do I use .ISO files?
Once you have downloaded an .ISO file, there are several possible options you can use to install the software:
The purpose of this blog will be to demonstrate the usage of my favorite third party freeware program that can be used to “mount” the ISO file and allow the extraction of the contents.
As you can see there are many programs that we could use to extract the contents from ISO files, but there are few reasons that I prefer Pismo File mount.
- Free - Easy to use - Non invasive
Let me demonstrate how I use Pismo File Mount to extract the contents from an Office ProPlus 2010 ISO I downloaded from the VLSC.
1. Downloaded and ran the installer for Pismo File Mount Audit Package. 2. After the installation, I right click on the ISO file that I had downloaded and choose “Mount Image”
3. After mounting the image you will notice that the icon for the ISO has changed and how looks like this:
We can now double click on this and it will open like so:
Now we will want to select all and copy the contents to another local folder on the machine.
4. After I have copied the contents to another folder on the machine, I will “unmount” the ISO so that it is no longer in use by Pismo File Mount.
Now that I have the contents extracted I can delete the ISO and copy the contents to a network share, burn to a disc, or copy to a thumbdrive for installation on other machines. At this point I uninstalled Pismo File Mount. Note: While this blog article is written with ISO files in mind, it also pertains to .IMG files.
Why wouldn't you just use winrar to extract it? Works perfect
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WINRAR should work in most cases, but with my experience I am unable to recommend it. We have seen support cases come in where the installation issue specifically came from WINRAR corrupting files while extracting from .ISO files.
Thank you so much for posting this information. It's been extremely useful for me because I just got a laptop that doesn't have a CD/DVD drive and was racking my brain to figure out how I was going to install software. You've made it so easy....so Thank You!
That worked perfectly. Thank you so much for posting this!