Microsoft Windows Operating Systems by default does not support Virtual CD-ROM features. However, if you does not want third party software to create virtual CD-ROM drive, then Virtual CD-ROM Control Panel, which is built by Microsoft is a great option. It is hardly 60KB in size, which can be downloaded from the download link which is provided at the end of the article.
This Virtual CDROM Control Panel utility enables users of Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 to mount ISO disk image files as virtual CD-ROM drives.
Now, you were thinking, that what is use of virtual CD-ROM?
You might have earlier played some games which needs physical CD/DVD-ROM drive. It is very difficult to use the Game CD every-time when you want to play the games. Here, virtual CD ROM is very handy. Just create a ISO file of your physical CD and keep it in PC. Now whenever you want to access the games, just mount the game CD in your virtual CD ROM and you can easily play the games without having actually present in the Computer.
Presently Virtual CD-ROM Control Panel latest version 188.8.131.52 is available for download, which you can grab from the link which is provided at the end of the article. The company confirms, this tool is not supported by Microsoft, use at your own risk.
Microsoft also confirms, that Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 does not need this software, since, it natively supports ISO files. You can open the ISO file with its default explorer itself. So, its now confirmed that Microsoft will not release any update for Virtual CD-ROM Control Panel.
This freeware tool has been specifically created for Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7; Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, or Windows Server 2008 R2. This is a self-extracting Zip archive. Download the file and execute it. Click Unzip and select any appropriate folder to extract the contents. Before using this tool, read the readme.txt file and follow its instructions for installation and use.
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