How to Edit ISO Files on Windows 10 & 11

ISO files are huge compressed files that are generally used to package operating system files and software installation files like Microsoft Office. People also use ISO files to share their system backup images.


While ISO files can be easily mounted or accessed using the default Windows disc image burning tool, this is not the best way for you if you want to edit the contents of the ISO files. So how can you edit ISO files on Windows 10 and 11?

This guide covers some unique third-party tools that you can use to mount an ISO file and edit it accordingly on the fly.


1. Windows Disc Image Burner

Before looking at the alternatives, let’s see how you can edit an ISO file without installing third-party software. To do this, you need to use a Windows utility called Windows Disc Image Burner.

Disc Image Burner allows you to quickly burn any ISO file to a physical CD or DVD. Simply put, burning means cloning all available files in an ISO file to another location. In other words, extracting an ISO file so that you can read and access the files.

To use the traditional approach to burning ISO files, follow these steps:

  1. begin file manager by pressing the victory + E buttons at the same time.
  2. Now locate the ISO file that you need to edit.
  3. Right click on your ISO file and select it Burn disc image.
  4. Next, check the box that says Check the disc after burning and click OK to start burning your ISO file.

That’s it. Once the tool has burned your ISO file correctly, it will check the disc for corruption. Once everything is done, you can start editing the files. Although this approach is almost perfect, sometimes it just doesn’t work and you may face errors like “The disk is write protected”.

If you are one of those who are having trouble because of this, be sure to read our guide on how to fix the hard drive is write protected issue on Windows. Otherwise, you should avoid using the standard Windows tool and switch to an alternative.

2. Power ISO

PowerISO is an all-in-one tool for all your Windows ISO needs. The best thing we liked about PowerISO is that not only does it let you edit ISOs, but you can also burn the modified ISO to a CD, DVD, or Bluray.

In addition, PowerISO also supports encrypting your modified ISOs, splitting images into different parts, recompressing ISO files, and converting file formats like ISO to .ZIP or .BIN format.

To get started with PowerISO, you need to install it first, and then you can start editing an ISO file by double-clicking it. If you want to copy the contents of your ISO file, click the extract above and select the desired folder.

Suppose you use PowerISO to create a custom Windows ISO. In this case, you can also create a bootable USB drive in one click. Also, using PowerISO is not just limited to ISO files; It also supports batch conversion options for various audio files like MP3, OGG, WAV, etc.

Downloads: PowerISO (free)

3. Rufus

Rufus is known for its ability to create custom bootable USB drives from OS images at once. Its simple yet feature-rich user interface makes it the best solution for all your Windows or Linux installation needs.

Almost everyone uses Rufus to easily create bootable USB drives. But you can also use it to edit an ISO file.

Follow these steps to learn how to edit an ISO file with Rufus:

  1. Download and install the latest version of Rufus.
  2. Open it and underneath deviceselect the USB drive where you want to save the contents of the ISO file.
  3. Under Boot selectionclick Choose and select the ISO file that you need to edit.
  4. Now choose one partition scheme. If you don’t know what each partition scheme does, check out the difference between MBR and GPT to get an overview.
  5. In which volume label Text box, change the name of your drive, then click BEGINNING. You must wait for Rufus to mount the file content on your selected USB drive.
  6. begin file manager and navigate to your USB drive.

That’s it. You can make as many changes as you like in the same directory.

If you’ve never heard of Rufus, check out How to create a bootable USB with Rufus to understand its use cases much better.

4.Ultra ISO

If you are looking for a tool to edit, merge, mount and convert your ISO files, UltraISO might be the best choice for you. Compared to other options on the market, UltraISO is slightly ahead of the competition.

But why use UltraISO at all when Windows gives you the option to mount any ISO by default? There are many reasons to use UltraISO for ISO purposes. It offers a two-pane tab to easily manage your ISO structure and copy/paste files without having to switch to File Explorer. Also, UltraISO has a lot more to do than just mount an ISO file.

Best of all, you can handle almost any type of image file in UltraISO. In addition, you can also change their format to the standard ISO format. It also supports compressing and encrypting the ISO contents.

In addition, you can even check ISOs for corruption or other errors Tools > Check CD/DVD media in Ultra ISO. Although it’s the perfect tool for geeks, we don’t highly recommend it for newbies because of its advanced interface that can cause confusion.

Download: UltraISO (free)

5. WinCDEmu

WinCDEmu is a lightweight, open-source tool for mounting any ISO file on Windows. You can also turn an entire folder or USB drive into an ISO file instead of mounting it.

To use WinCDEmu you need to double click on an ISO file or right click on any ISO file and then click Open with > WinCDEmu Mounter. Next, choose a unique drive letter and it will extract all files packed in your ISO file to that drive.

When you’re done modifying the files, just right-click on the mounted drive and select it Create ISO image from the context menu that appears.

Unfortunately, WinCDEmu does not provide a dedicated in-app interface for changing ISOs. Therefore, you have to do everything in File Explorer yourself.

While WinCDEmu will help with some of your ISO needs, we don’t recommend using it if you’re a geek and looking for a more versatile program. The reason we included this is because of its simplicity and ease of use, which might appeal to newbies.

Download: WinCDEmu (free)

Customize your ISO files with ISO editors

Whether you want to create your own version of Windows or create a custom backup image, you can use the mentioned ISO editors. No doubt the standard Windows Disc Image utility will do the job; However, it’s not feature rich enough. So it’s a no-brainer to switch to a worthy alternative.

All in all, UltraISO is the best option if you are interested in an all-in-one tool. For those who don’t have enough experience with ISOs, WinCDEmu is a perfect option. If you’re looking for a simple yet feature-rich tool, PowerISO is for you.

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