Windows 8 has native mounting support for ISOs, VHDs

By Matthew · 30 replies
Aug 30, 2011
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  1. Details about Windows 8 continue to trickle out this month as Microsoft reveals another new addition to its upcoming operating system: native support for widely used image file formats. Unlike…

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  2. I'm still a "maybe" but ISO support certainly helps.
  3. Emin3nce

    Emin3nce TS Rookie Posts: 129

    No. Took me 5 years to prepare for a roll out of windows 7 over all of our XP machines. Even now we have 2 software packages that still bug out.
  4. Tekkaraiden

    Tekkaraiden TS Evangelist Posts: 997   +93

    I'm curious enough to try the beta.
  5. I will buy a notebook with Windows 7 pro & Widows XP Mode.
  6. aj_the_kidd

    aj_the_kidd TS Rookie Posts: 555

    ISO mounting is a nice touch, still not enough to upgrade
  7. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    Its "typical". Ever since XP, and certainly XP SP2, Microsoft has been taking freeware apps, and making them into the OS. CD burning, firewall, malware, av, burning isos, now mounting? They are one by one killing 3rd party developers.
  8. Well, when Apple bundles their own software, no one complains about it.
  9. "They are one by one killing 3rd party developers."

    Really who used a paid app for this anyway?

    Still, I'm not too inspired by the changes. There isn't a killer feature being added. Making the OS slightly more efficient to use by moving menus around isn't a game breaker of a change. There is a lack of imagination here... just turning the wheel.
  10. KG363

    KG363 TS Guru Posts: 515   +9

    I was a "no". I am now a "maybe"
  11. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    Pretty good idea.

    As far as cost when it comes to upgrading again, figure $200 for Windows, times 3 years, that comes out to 19 cents a day. Compare that to 2-3 dollars a day for your cell phone, etc, etc.

    Besides, if you buy Windows 8, just think of it as freeing up another Windows 7 license for another build. =)
  12. aj_the_kidd

    aj_the_kidd TS Rookie Posts: 555

    Thats one way to look at it or another way is they just wanted to make things more convenient for users, if all these programs come standard with the new version of windows, why not add them in, they are free afterall. You will still be able to install 3rd party programs if you want, which most people will do particularly with the types of programs you mentioned.
  13. blimp01

    blimp01 TS Enthusiast Posts: 144

    i already liked how the VHD mounting worked in windows 7
  14. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +96

    I am sort of in the middle from the start, I will wait till the RC and then make my mind about upgrading. TBH there is nothing which I can't do with Win7 atm, so the next upgrade will be more out of habit then anything else.
  15. yup, will be buying windows 8 home premium (family pack-upgrade for 3 computers @150$ or 100$, eh microsoft?)
  16. yukka

    yukka TechSpot Paladin Posts: 861   +67

    I will upgrade to Windows 8 and probably buy a tablet too. Except it will be via work (HE) so will get quite a discount. Win7 Ultimate cost me £20 last year. Tablet will be cool for testing. Metro UI should work better than the current UI.
  17. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,535   +51

    I'm still falling on the side of Win 7 with regards to the cost, like most people. This certainly aint no killer feature for me.

    I'll probably give it a sniff when it's released, but i can't see myself handing out anything.
  18. Greg S

    Greg S TechSpot Staff Posts: 1,070   +427

    Unless there is some major improvement like adding better native file extraction then I'm not buying.
  19. nonnono according to some of these posters, we should be taking the OS BACK to barebones DOS.
    That's it, DOS.

    I like my OS all OLD looking and stuff.

  20. I'm still on XP machine. Skipped Vista, was thinking of 7 but will wait unitl 8. So, my answer is: yes.
  21. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +96

    Some may not like the idea of changing OS's UI, but I am not one of them. I think as long as MS leaves the old interface/UI in place for these people, they should be okay. That will give everyone a chance to try out the new stuff, and if they like it they can stick with it, or simply go back to what they like.
  22. Wagan8r

    Wagan8r TS Evangelist Posts: 603   +64

    This is awesome! I'd much rather have my image mounting built into the OS. I'll definitely try an RC, and will most likely end up getting it. If I have an Android tablet by then, I may even try dual booting.

  23. Xero07

    Xero07 TS Booster Posts: 100

    Nice upgrade. Could be quite useful on a tablet perhaps. I'll probably get windows 8 for at least one of my systems.
  24. I'd upgrade from Windows 7 if the price were reasonable (e.g. around $20-$30 maybe). Of course this is Microsoft, so it won't be - they'll undoubtedly try to charge users over $50 or even over $100 for a tablet UI we'll never use and a few minor additions that can be added to Windows 7 via freeware programs anyway (i.e. TeraCopy, VirtualCloneDrive, etc.)
  25. raybk

    raybk TS Rookie Posts: 31

    I don't think native ISO mounting is good reason for upgrade. I have free 3rd party ISO mounting software used for years! The 3rd party software can even support more disk formats.

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