Blogging and a free image mapping tool!

It has become very apparent to me that information in my head will either by useful or completely useless, however, that is for the readers of this blog to decide. Many of the topics posted here will be information that is useful to me in someway shape or form. The internet is about spreading information to those who aren’t as fortunate and can’t surf the net for hours on end each day. I think of the bloggosphere as thousands of my own little data miners, collecting on the best information for me to consume. This is my outlet to contribute such a cause.

While rummaging through the digital clutter that is sometimes the internet, a very interesting tool crossed my path. For months/years I have been using demo versions of the popular Alcohol image mapping software, but switched to mac and never really had to worry about mapping ISO files. Never the less here is an “unofficial” “unsupported” free image mapping tool from our pals, Microsoft.

Tool of the day

This find is something too good to keep to myself, a free image mounting tool. You are able to mount anything from ISO to IMG files and the best part is that its totally free. Brought to you “unofficially” by Microsoft here winxpvirtualcd

Here’s the readme:

Readme for Virtual CD-ROM Control Panel v2.0.1.1
System Requirements
– Windows XP Home or Windows XP Professional
Installation instructions
1. Copy VCdRom.sys to your %systemroot%system32drivers folder.
2. Execute VCdControlTool.exe
3. Click “Driver control”
4. If the “Install Driver” button is available, click it. Navigate to the %systemroot%system32drivers folder, select VCdRom.sys, and click Open.
5. Click “Start”
6. Click OK
7. Click “Add Drive” to add a drive to the drive list. Ensure that the drive added is not a local drive. If it is, continue to click “Add Drive” until an unused drive letter is available.
8. Select an unused drive letter from the drive list and click “Mount”.
9. Navigate to the image file, select it, and click “OK”. UNC naming conventions should not be used, however mapped network drives should be OK.You may now use the drive letter as if it were a local CD-ROM device. When you are finished you may unmount, stop, and remove the driver from memory using the driver control.