If you’re like me and often installing software to your computer, it can be a pain to burn ISO files (like the one you get from MSDN Subscriber downloads). Daemon-Tools to the rescue. It lets you create virtual drives and mount ISO files directly (no burning or Roxio-hell required!).
Here’s how it helped me:
I downloaded an enormous ISO file from MSDN, fired up Virtual Daemon Manager to mount the ISO file without having to create a CD first. The Virtual CD-Rom drive read the ISO file fine and launched the installation. I thought I was in the clear until, in the process of the installation, the setup package prompted for me to swap out my CD and put another CD in the drive (apparently there were some file from a related MSFT product required for this install). My initial reaction was . . . crap . . . but the Daemon-Tool manager lets me mount up to 4 virtual drives at once, so I just mounted another drive to the other ISO file and I was in the clear. For those of you with functional CD burners (and functional burning software), this will still save you some hassle!
Thanks to lil’ Tim from Optimize for sharing this with me! I’m sure there’s other interesting facets to Dameon-Tools, so check it out.