System hacks: the right remedy to fix the image loading function in Windows 10

Windows 10 supports loading ISO or IMG files by default, so theoretically we can read these images directly without the help of third-party software. Unfortunately, this loading feature of Windows 10 often has various problems in daily use, so if you don’t want to turn to third-party software, you need to fix it yourself.

Scenario 1: Explorer right click does not appear “Load” menu

By default, ISO or IMG files are opened by associating them with the system’s “Explorer”. “Open” menu (Figure 1).


Figure 1 Right click without loading menu

The reason for this is that your system has already installed software like WinRAR, 7-Zip, and associated its open method to these programs, so the solution is to restore the open method to the Windows 10 default state. Click “Change” and select “Other Options” in the pop-up list. Click “Change” and select “Windows Explorer” in the pop-up list under “Other Options”, click OK (Figure 2).


Figure 2 Select Windows Explorer

If “Explorer” does not appear in the list under “Other Options” when you perform the above operation, you can also click “More applications → Find other applications on this computer”. In the window that opens, select “C:windowsexplorer.exe”, so that you can see the “Load” menu after returning to the Explorer window and right-clicking on the ISO file (Figure 3).


Figure 3 Repair the opening method

Scenario 2: Error after loading ISO files

When loading some ISO files, if some ISO files have no error (for example, you can open them normally with WinRAR on other computers), but when loading them in Windows 10 Explorer, it prompts that they cannot be loaded (Figure 4).


Figure 4 Loading file error

Most of the reasons for this error are due to the ISO file attribute “RAP”. Right-click the ISO file to open the properties window, switch to “Details” and see if its properties are displayed as “RAP”. For example, the author’s computer failed to load ISO several times, the file properties are RAP (Figure 5).

Trivia: What is the RAP attribute?

R means read-only, A means archive, and P means dynamically extended. ISO files with RAP attribute cannot be loaded successfully in Windows 10, probably because the system does not support loading dynamically extended ISO files.


Figure 5 View file attributes

So the solution is to delete the attribute, click “Delete Attributes and Personal Information” in the above figure, click “Create a copy that does not contain any removable attributes” in the window that opens, click “OK “This will create a copy of the file without the attribute (the attribute of the copy file will change to RA), and it will be loaded normally (Figure 6).


Figure 6 Creating a copy


You may also encounter errors when loading ISO files in daily operation, but then you can see the successfully loaded virtual CD-ROM drive when you open Explorer. The reason for this phenomenon is that the system mistakenly thinks that no disk letter has been assigned to the virtual CD-ROM drive. The solution is to enter Disk Management, delete the disk letter of the virtual CD-ROM drive and then reassign the disk letter.

Scenario 3: No matter what ISO file is loaded, the system prompts an error

When loading any ISO file, the system prompts that it has been loading, opens the device manager and switches to the virtual CD-ROM drive, and the system prompts that the driver cannot be loaded (Figure 7).


Figure 7 Virtual CD-ROM drive shows driver loading error

This may be caused by system file corruption due to incorrect changes to the system, such as some users feedback that this problem will occur after upgrading Windows 10 to 1909. At this point, you can first try to select the virtual CD-ROM drive in Device Manager, right-click and select “Uninstall Device” to uninstall its driver and then reinstall it. If the problem still cannot be solved, you can use the system command line to repair the system components. Launch the command prompt as administrator, type “DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth” and “sfc /scannow” to scan the system When the screen prompts “Windows Resource Protection has found corrupted files and successfully repaired them”, it means the command prompt has successfully repaired the system (Figure 8).


Figure 8: Scanning the system

Generally, you can fix the problem of Windows 10 loading ISO file failure after repairing it by the above method. If you still can’t solve the problem, you can also use the system reset method to repair, or use some third-party tools such as 7zip to open ISO and IMG files directly.

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