How to mount an ISO image using dos

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How to mount an ISO image using dos
DOS allows for a fine level of control over nearly all aspects of your computer. (ANSI image by DBX60 from

In the past, Microsoft Windows ran on top of the DOS infrastructure, which remained hidden in the background. Microsoft's original operating system has long since been phased out, but it is still useful for power-users, developers, programmers and those seeking to explore, control and adjust all the aspects of their computer. To run DOS today, you'll need to use an emulator that creates an environment that allows DOS to work under Windows and, using traditional process and commands, manipulate your computer in the same way you did before.

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  1. 1

    Download and install a DOS emulator so you can run a version of DOS on your modern PC. DOSBox is the most popular DOS emulator.

  2. 2

    Download and install SHSUCDX, which allows you to emulate CD-ROM drives in DOS. Write down the path of the directory that SHSUCDX is installed in, as you will need this later.

  3. 3

    Double-click the icon on the desktop to open this emulator. Wait for it to launch.

  4. 4

    Type "cd" (for "change directory") followed the full file path of SHSUCDX.exe, which you took note of in Step 2.

  5. 5

    Type "SHSUCDHD /F:C:*name of ISO file.iso" typing everything in the quotes and using the name of the ISO file in place of name of ISO file*. After C:\, type the entire path leading to the ISO file, or it will not be found. This will mount the ISO to the virtual drive F:\, and it can now be accessed like a CD-ROM.

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