WinISO – A Swiss Army Knife For Disc Images [Giveaway]

Chris Hoffman 28-05-2012

WinISO can perform every function you’d need a disc utility for, including creating, converting, editing, extracting, and burning disc images. It supports CD, DVD, and Blu-ray disc images in ISO and a variety of other formats. It even includes support for mounting disc images as a virtual drive on your computer. Like a swiss army knife, WinISO gives you everything you’d need in one compact, simple tool.


This week we’ll be giving away 25 copies of WinISO, worth a total of nearly $750. Read on for your chance to enter our giveaway (it’s free!) and win yourself a copy!

The Interface

WinISO has a well-designed, simple interface. It’s easy for utilities with a lot of functions to become bloated and confusing, but WinISO avoids this pitfall. Each function has its own toolbar icon. While you can get free applications that perform each of these functions, you’d have to juggle multiple utilities – often with less-polished designs – to do everything you can do from WinISO’s toolbar.

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Making & Converting Images

To create an image from a physical disc, click the Make icon on the toolbar. WinISO creates ISO files by default, but you can also create cue sheet, Nero Burning ROM, Alcohol 120%, and CloneCD format files.

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If you have an image file on your hard drive, you can click the Convert button to convert it between the formats WinISO supports. Some applications only support specific types of images, so converting the file will allow you to use it with other applications.

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Creating, Editing, & Extracting Images

Click the New File button to create an image from scratch. WinISO gives you a choice of image types, including standard ISO 9660, UDF, HFS+ for Macs, DVD Video, and Hybrid (ISO 9660 and HFS+). You can change the file system and tweak advanced file system options from the FileSystem menu.

You can also open an existing image file using the Open File button.


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Once you’ve created or opened an image file, you can add files to it or extract file from it using the Add Files or Extract buttons. After making your changes, click the Save button to save the image file, or use the Save As menu option to save it as any image file type you want.

If you’d like to change the disc’s name, right-click the name in the left pane and select Rename.

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WinISO can also create bootable image files – use the options in the Bootable menu to select a boot image file and customize the disc’s boot options.

Burning Discs

WinISO includes an integrated disc-burning tool. Like the rest of WinISO, the Burn dialog offers basically every option you’d need without a cluttered interface. You can erase a rewritable disc, select an image file to burn, and optionally verify your disc after burning it.

Burn any files you want to a disc by creating a new image file in WinISO, adding the files you want to burn, and clicking Burn.

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Mounting Disc Images

Use the Mount button to mount the current disc image with a single click, making it accessible to Windows and other programs

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Mounted disc images appear at their own drive letter on your system. You can access the contents of the disc image at the drive letter from any application, including Windows Explorer. This allows you to use the contents of a disc image, whether you need to access files or install programs, without burning the image to a physical disc first.

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WinISO offers a trial version that you can download for free. The trial version can’t save files over 500MB in size, but it’ll let you play with WinISO and give its interface a test drive.

We’re giving away 25 copies of WinISO to 25 of you lucky readers this week, so be sure to enter the giveaway!

How do I win a copy?

It’s simple, just follow the instructions.

Step 1: Fill in the giveaway form

Please fill in the form with your real name and email address so that we can get in touch if you are chosen as a winner.

The giveaway code required to activate the form is available from our Facebook page, our Twitter stream and Google+ page.

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The giveaway is over. Here are the winners:

  • Alex
  • Alex Bogherie
  • Andrew
  • Bob F
  • Charles Mashua
  • Daniel Gregory
  • Dorin Mihai
  • Drew Baxter
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  • Mohammed Mannan
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  • Paul Masters
  • Pr3Y
  • Robert Ocheltree
  • Si-Yong Lim
  • Therese Roth
  • Thomas Johns
  • Tim Schluter
  • Tony Tarlo
  • William D. Billy

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  1. Austen Gause
    November 20, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    crap i missed it looks cool though so i might download it

  2. Kim Paula Guess
    June 20, 2012 at 7:54 am

    Though I am not a geek, who would not want to have this? It would really help a lot.

  3. TheNetworkedOne
    June 1, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    I think Nero will always be better than this. Nevertheless, this seems to be good.

  4. Kelvin Zhang
    June 1, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    I think Nero will always be better than this. Nevertheless, this seems to be good.

  5. Quoc Vuong Hoang
    June 1, 2012 at 7:58 am

    Thanks giveaway WinISO. Great. I want to use it!

  6. Ngheo Doi
    June 1, 2012 at 7:54 am

    WinISO. The best tool for mounting and burning image files.Please count me in!

  7. Jon Smith
    May 31, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    Cant you do this all with free software?

    • Chris Hoffman
      June 1, 2012 at 3:38 am

      As I said in the post, you certainly can -- but WinISO is a really slick, easy-to-use way to do it all in the same program.

      You can do everything you can with MS Office in LibreOffice, but some people still use MS Office.

  8. Jen
    May 31, 2012 at 11:59 am

    (Don't know if my 1st post went through, so I thought I'd try again.)

    I will be the first to admit that I am a novice...the past 6 months have seen me become near-obsessed with learning everything I can about computers. I have become JUST dangerous enough for my operating system to be scared (Only 1 professional re-install and the 2 after that I did myself!!!! ;) (FOR REAL)

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    So...Thanks Makeuseof...from myself and my poor little laptop!

    • Jen
      May 31, 2012 at 12:01 pm

      See what an idiot I am...ALL my posts went through...the 2nd one TWICE...SORRY EVERYONE!!!

      • Tina
        June 1, 2012 at 1:13 am

        Sorry Jen! Your comment probably went to moderation and both were approved.

  9. Ali Lou
    May 31, 2012 at 1:43 am

    Thanks looks like be useful program to have.

  10. WayAce
    May 31, 2012 at 1:25 am

    Thank for the chance of winning this great product hope to win.

  11. el3ctroded
    May 30, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    Does is support adding and editing bootable images? Does it allow for modifying an image's content? As a professional tech, I often need to create custom bootable cd images and MagicISO is the only one I know of that fully supports those functions. Unless WinISO does too, I would object to calling it a swiss-army-knife of disc image...

  12. Elliot Shear
    May 29, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    ALways wanted the Best ISO converter
    THIS is it !

  13. Elliot Shear
    May 29, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    Always wanted an ISO converter

    Seems to be the best I've seen !

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    May 29, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    thanks 1 in a millions chance of winning lol

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    May 29, 2012 at 10:52 am

    Thank you for the giveaway contest. Please enter my name.
    I have informed my world
    Regards, Art

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  21. Evas
    May 28, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    Is this better than Nero?

  22. Guy
    May 28, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    This looks like an awesome product. I'm not a Facebook fan but I will put my name in just in case.
    Thanks Makeuseof