How to unzip ISO?

Evgeny Lukashenko
Evgeny Lukashenko
April 18, 2012
How to unzip ISO?

So, we have a problem: there is a file, but there is no idea how to use it. The situation is common, especially when it comes to ISO.

Most often, active daunloaders are faced with this. Love to download games from the World Wide Web? Well, in what form they appear on your computer? Yes, "matching online" ... Familiar.

And no program wants to take your very massive file seriously. Is that an omnivorous notebook, but it does not help us.

Downloaded archives with a dubious suggestion to send an SMS message. Unpleasant As time goes on, our file is spread over the vastness of the hard disk and occupies a considerable directory ... And then a global problem arises: how to unzip the ISO file.

A bit of theory: ISO

Let's see what an iso image is, and do we really need to unpack it?

ISO - disk image file. A disk image is a copy of it, but in addition to the data it contains, the image file carries additional information. The size of the disk, for example, the file system, a variety of hidden information needed for a laser drive.

These files are absolutely ready for writing to disk, disc. There is also a second way to use it to emulate a virtual disk drive.

How to unpack iso image

We assume that you are interested in just that. There is no time or software to emulate.

ISO is an archive. By and large, yes, even without the main attribute of archives - the degree of compression. And how do we open the archives? That's right, archivers.

We use the free archiver 7-zip. Download it does not make much effort. Install.

At once I will pay attention, we have two methods how to unpack ISO image. The first is if you need to see the entire contents of the image. The second is if you are interested in a specific file inside the image.

First method

  1. We right-click on our ISO file. In the menu, select "7-zip - unpack"
  2. In the dialog box that opens, in the upper part there is a field. Specify the path where exactly we want to unpack the image.

Second method

  1. Run 7-zip.
  2. Tools -> Settings -> System.
  3. Put a tick in front of the "ISO", save the settings.
  4. Find our image, double click.
  5. Select the file we need, click "Extract."
  6. Perform step 2 of method 1.


For the emulation of virtual drives ideal program Daemon Tools, Alcohol 120%, UltraIso. Despite the different functionality, the principle of the programs is the same: they create a virtual device, “slip” it into the system (it, in turn, swallows it with a crunch) and use it to launch virtual disks.

And you need to unzip the ISO or just run it - it's up to you.