[How-To] Open .IMG Image Files in Windows 8 without Any Software


‘.IMG’ is one of the CD (or) DVD Image file that is like an ISO file. The IMG file is mostly used as an compressing tool and burning its files directly in to the CD or DVD. Operating System (OS) files are now mostly put as an .img file, such that it is created in to a single file. Before, to open an IMG file we required third party tools or software’s. But now windows 8 have treated us with an excellent inbuilt default feature to open or Mount the .IMG files or the ISO files without any third party tool or application.

Here we bring you to a simple trick on How to open image files in windows 8 without any installation of third party tools or applications. The trick is very simple yet very effective because it saves lots of your time.

All you have to do is, change the extension of your .IMG file to ISO. As windows 8 detects the ISO files and allows you to open the ISO extension by default. In some PC’s it will automatically detect the .IMG file as ISO and it can be directly used even without changing the format. If windows 8 doesn’t detect your .img image file by default, you need not worry. Just follow the simple steps below.

Follow the Steps To open .Img Image File in Windows 8 Without Any Software :

Below is an .img file that needs a software tool to open or mount the image;
image file , iso image file,  As you can see, the file is not recognized as an ISO file. So Change the extension of the file to iso by renaming the file.

EXAMPLE: officeProfessionalPlus_x86_en-us.img     to     officeProfessionalPlus_x86_en-us.iso

  Note: if you do not see the file extensions. Then you will have to uncheck the ‘Hide extensions for known file types’ under ‘Folder options’ to view the file extension types.

image file,iso image file,uncheck folder,

After renaming the same file, you can see the file has been detected as readable Image file format by windows 8.

image file,iso image file, iso image

You can clearly see that the file icon has been changed. And is made ready to mount with the Windows 8 built-in ISO utility tool.

Now you only need to make a right click on the re-named image file, and you can see MOUNT option getting displayed. Just click on the mount option and your image file is ready to mount. you are done,

image file,mount image ,mount iso

Even though this trick looks very simple, most of the users are not aware of it as they are new to Windows 8.there are even Things You Can Do in Windows 8 Just Using Mouse, which is very much informative and is not known by many of the windows 8 users.


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Mohammed Siadath Ali is a technology blogger. He is an MCA(Master Of Computer Applications) Graduate From Esteemed University in Chennai.. Mohammed Siadath Ali is a computer geek who has a good knowledge on programming & Codes and is the Designer And creator of His Blog - TechBuzzes. He has knowledge on a variety of Programming Languages. Mohammed Siadath Ali is a Passionate Technology blogger, who has been blogging on Software's And Technology as a hobby since months. Technology has been one of his Favorite and Greatest passion. And that is one of the main reason behind starting his Technology Blog TechBuzzes - where he has started blogging about the Latest Technology on Software's and providing high information to the Users.


  1. Awsome Post!
    I was looking for software’s on Cnet to open an .IMG File it was office 2013 but it seem that those software’s don’t support my PC. Finally i use WinRAR to open it up.!!
    Thanks for sharing this helpful article!

  2. Thank you. This is helpful. I still cannot get the .img (or .iso) mounted. The system tells me:
    “… cannot be mounted…that is not formatted with NTFS file system”. It’s windows 8 on a Macintosh. What can I do? (the IMG is downloaded from Microsoft – it is office).

    Can you help? Thank you.


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  4. Hi Mohammed. I tried renaming the IMG to ISO. I’m using windows 8. That didn’t work! downloaded the MagicSO tool. Couldn’t figure out how to use that! Any further clues you may have would be greatly appreciated!


  5. Hi Mohammed. I tried renaming the IMG to ISO. I’m using windows 8.1. and your fix didn’t work! Any other suggestions? Thanks, di

  6. Hello Mr.Ali
    thank you for everything
    I’ve tried to open file IMG but it tell me the file is corrupted
    What can I do to resolve this problem
    waiting to her from you

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