‘img’ is one of the CD or DVD image file type like ISO. Before Windows 8, we must have a third party software or tools to open img/iso files. But as a new feature of Windows 8, now you can mount and open ISO image files without any third party tools. How about img files?. Here is a simple trick about how to open img files in windows 8 without installing any additional software.
img files were used by earlier Mac OS X operating systems as their default disk image file format to mount or unmount a file system or CD/DVD disks. But in latest Mac OS X operating systems, it was replaced by ‘dmg’ file format.
The trick is simple here, to open img files in Windows 8, you just change the file extension to ISO. In some Windows 8 PCs it can work directly without changing the format, but in some PC’s you need to do it as shown below.
Here is an img file without any proper application to open or mount;
Change the file extension to iso by renaming it. You need to uncheck the ‘Hide extensions for known file types’ under ‘Folder options’ to see the extension of files.
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Here is the same file after renaming,
As you can see that the file icon has been changed and that is ready to mount with built-in Windows 8 ISO utility. Now if you right click on file, you will get an option to mount inside Windows 8 OS.
Even though this tip looks very simple, I’m sure it will be useful for someone here.