January 9, 2009 at 3:13 am #28474
.iso files … what, why and how..iso files are direct disc images. They are clones of cd or dvd discs... exact copies..iso files can be used to create a new copy of an old disc, for backup purposes.You cannot run an .iso file by simply clicking on it, without the aid of special emulation software. It has to be burnt to disc and then you run the disc as normal.If you have an .iso file, then you will need to burn this file to disc. This means, however, that you now have a 'genuine' copy of whatever the file is, on disc, and it can be installed in multiple computers from that disc if the licence allows.Modern software often requires online activation these days. This prevents or reduces the chances of piracy, as the software on the disc will have a specific group of activation serial codes, and the online system will register how many times the software has been activated, and eventually will draw a line and refuse to activate this particular version of the software. Windows XP and Vista Operating System discs are a good example of this practice.This is only a relatively new development, though, and with most software, if you have the activation code that came with the original cd, you effectively have a new 'genuine' copy of the software which you can use as you please. It will be identical in every way to the original, including any installation instructions and options, and any self installers which are on the disc. There are very few FREE software programs available with which to create .iso files, but many very good commercial ones.To create .iso files from a disc, I use http://www.lucersoft.com/files/free/LCISOCreator.zip.This tiny and FREE program has no features or options at all, it just works.To use LCISOCreator, unzip the downloaded file. This program does NOT install in your computer.. you just leave it in a folder somewhere and create a shortcut to the .exe file wherever you need it. I have the file stored in Program Files, with a shortcut to my desktop, but you could just as easily simply leave the file on your desktop. I prefer to hide the actual file away to avoid accidentally deleting it during one of my regular desktop cleanups.Make sure the cd you wish to clone is in the cd drive. Open LCISOCreator.exe, and a small window will appear on your screen, with your CD already showing in the window.All you have to do is click the button 'Create ISO', and a 'save as' window will apppear so you can name the created file and decide where to save it. Do that, click OK, and now simply wait until all the boxes are coloured in the display screen. Your ISO file has now been created!It takes only 2-3 minutes to acheive this on a reasonably modern computer. It wont tell you its finished.. the best indicator is the timer at the bottom.. when the timer stops advancing then the job is complete, and you can close the program.OK, so now you have an .iso file. Lets just say it is a copy of Photoshop7, which you have named as such and elected to save it to my documents.You now need to burn this file to disc. The easiest way to do this is with any modern version of Nero.Open Nero StartSmart, click on the CD tab, and hover over the BACKUP icon, you'll see an option.. 'Burn Image to Disc'. You'll get a browse window to navigate to your new Photoshop7.iso file, which you have saved to my documents. Select it, click ok, and the next window that pops up is the 'Final Burn Settings' window. Make sure you have a blank cd in your cd drive, and click 'Burn'! Wait a few minutes, and you have your new copy of Photoshop7 on disc.. for free..If you dont have Nero, try this excellent FREE .iso burning software... http://www.freeisoburner.com/FreeISOBurner.exeRemember, this is a copy of a genuine disc. It will still require an activation code.. the same code that was required for the previous disc! I like to write both the name of the software and the activation code onto the disc itself, to save losing the code.Please keep in mind you can only do this legally to BACKUP the software and create a copy for yourself. You must look at the license for this software to see if you are permitted to distribute it or install it on multiple computers. If you arent, then you will be infringing copyright laws by doing so, and I take no responsibility..
Mitz from Tips4pcMarch 21, 2009 at 9:09 pm #30860
there is also a free program to mount an iso in a virtual disk drive, so you dont have to burn it to a disk, note that some games will not allow you to run them from an iso:http://www.magiciso.com/tutorials/miso-magicdisc-history.htm
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