Installing a software program from an iso file is a convenient way to get your software fixed on an empty stomach. If you have a lot of free time, it’s probably a more convenient option than reading reviews or reading lengthy installation guides on the Internet. However, if you’re pressed for time and need your software fixed as soon as possible, then this is the method for you.
If you have an internet connection, you can go to an iso website, download the iso file of your choice, and then run it on your computer to install your software. However, this method is a little more challenging if you don’t have an iso website or offline software download option. That’s why we’ve put this guide together, to make it as easy as possible to download and install software from a file.
What is an iso file?
An iso file is an image created from a computer program. You can think of a file as a compressed digital image. The image is made up of many files that are usually organized in a zip, rar, or win format.
If you’re installing software on a computer that doesn’t have an optical drive, you can either burn a file to a CD or use a file download service such as the Download.com website to create an unusable but readable cd-from image. Once you have the iso downloaded, you can then use any CD-ROM drive to create an image that you can burn to a disc.
How to Install a Software Program from an ISO File
The first thing you’ll need to do is find an iso file of the software you want to install. You can either download the iso file from a website or open the software program that came with the computer. If you downloaded the file, double-click on the file to open it in Windows Explorer.
Next, find the folder that contains the installation files, and then navigate to the directory where the iso file is located. Once you have that folder, right-click on that folder and select “Properties” to open the “Install” properties for that folder.
The first tab in the “Install” properties should be “Extract.” Click on that drop-down menu and select “All files” to extract all files from the iso file to the folder listed in “Extract.” Once the extraction is complete, the “Install” properties should look something like this:
The “Source” tab of the “Install” properties is where you’ll find the ISO link to the location of the actual software file to install. If you’re installing software that you downloaded from the Internet, you can leave this box unchecked or use the Sender’s name and email address to send the email to the author.
Download and Free Software
After you’ve downloaded and installed the software you want to use from an iso file, you’ll need to choose the software you want to install. You can either click on the “ conservatives ” or “liberals ” button next to each program to choose the appropriate option or just look at the name of the program to figure out what to install.
Once you’ve chosen the software, right-click on the executable file and select “Properties” to open the “Install” properties for that file as well.
Choose the Software You Want to Install
Now that you have all the required information from the source file and the file we downloaded, you can choose which software to install from the list of programs that appear when you click on the “ conservatives ” or “ liberals ” button.
If you want to install a lot of programs from an iso file, you can create a batch file that will perform the installation for you. You can then simply include the batch file in the directory that you copy the iso file to on your computer.
This method requires a little more creativity as you won’t be able to select which programs you want to install. However, it’s an easy way to get a lot of software on a single cd-rom.
Add or Remove Files
Once you’ve chosen the software you want to install, right-click on that program’s executable file and select “Properties” to open the “Install” properties for that file as well.
You can also click on the “ conservatives ” or “ liberals ” button next to each program to select which option is applicable to that program.
Get the Size and Type of the ISO
One of the things that we really like about using the iso method to download and install software is that you can get a sense of the size and type of the iso file without having to look inside it.
You can simply look at the “filename” field in the “Install” properties for the software to get a sense of the true size of the file.
If you want to be even more accurate, you can use the “extension” field to determine the type of file. All you have to do is look in the “Install” properties for the file that has the extension of whatever you want to check, and you’ll know for sure what type of file it is.
One of the most important things you can do when it comes to installing software from an iso file is to compress the file. That way, the resulting file will be much smaller than the original iso file, and you won’t have to deal with a bunch of tiny files when installing software from an iso file.
If you’re installing software that comes with a CD or a DVD, you can usually select whether or not you want to “compress” the iso file before installing the software. However, if you’re installing software that doesn’t come with a CD, you don’t have that option.
The Bottom Line
The easy way to download and install software is to use an iso file. The iso file contains the program installer, any necessary dependencies, and the file that contains the software. Once you have the iso file downloaded, you can then burn the iso file to a disc and use the included disc-reading software to install the software. The iso file format also works great for archiving software as you can create a file and then simply save it to your computer and load it into your CD/DVD/USB drive to install your software.