How to Create an IMG File Using PowerISO

Written by joshua benjamin
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PowerISO is a CD and DVD burning tool that can also mount disk images in virtual drives to allow them to be used just like a physical disc. PowerISO cannot create IMG files directly, but IMG files -- a type of disc image, which in turn is a virtual copy of a physical disc -- are essentially ISO files with a different extension. You can create an IMG file with PowerISO by creating an ISO file, then changing the extension in Windows Explorer.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Launch PowerISO.

  2. 2

    Click the "Add" button and select all the files you wish to add to the ISO/IMG file.

  3. 3

    Click "File" and select "Save As." Choose "ISO" as the file type, then click the "Save" button. PowerISO will save the ISO to your hard drive.

  4. 4

    Launch Windows Explorer and select the "Tools" menu followed by "Folder Options."

  5. 5

    Click the "View" tab and deselect the "Hide Extensions for Known File Types" option. Click "OK" to return to the Explorer window.

  6. 6

    Navigate to where you saved your ISO file, then right-click the file and select "Rename."

  7. 7

    Erase the ".iso" extension at the end of the file name and type in ".img" instead. Press "Enter" to save the file as an IMG file.

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