What is a ISO file extension?
ISO files, which are also known as disc images, are complete duplicates of the contents of an optical disc, such as a CD or DVD. These files contain more than files and folders, they contain important file system information about the disc's structure. ISO files are often used to create backup discs or distribute software programs, and they can be used as a substitute for actual discs, allowing users to run software without having to load a CD or DVD. WinZip to is an easy to use ISO extractor. Find out how to unpack iso files by following the steps below.
How to open ISO files
- Save the .iso file to the desktop. If your compressed file was downloaded from a website, it may be saved in the Downloads folder in your Documents or user directory.
- Launch WinZip from your start menu or Desktop shortcut. Open the compressed file by clicking File > Open. If your system has the compressed file extension associated with WinZip program, just double-click on the file.
- Select all the files and folders inside the compressed file. Or multi-select only the files or folders you want to open by holding the CTRL key and left-clicking on them.
- Click 1-click Unzip and choose Unzip to PC or Cloud in the WinZip toolbar under the Unzip/Share tab.
- Choose the destination folder to place the extracting files and click "Unzip" button.
- Now you know how to extract iso files. Find your extracted ISO files in the destination folder.
Open ISO files on Windows or Mac
- Windows 11
- Windows 10
- Windows 8
- Windows 7
- Internet Explorer 8 or later
WinZip Mac 9
- Mac OS X 10.8, 10.9, or 10.10
- Intel 64-bit processor
- Supports Apple Retina Displays
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