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Virtual CDRom Control Panel v2.0.1.1

billon on 25 Jul 2017
  • 32KB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 9 Jan 2003
  • Suggested by XPect

Virtual CDRom Control Panel enables you to mount ISO disk images as virtual CD-ROM drives.

Note: This tool is not supported by Microsoft so you will not be able find it even through a search on Microsoft website.

Runs on: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7
Writes settings to: None
Dependencies: Administrator rights
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the self-extracting EXE and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch VCdControlTool.exe.

To enable the virtual CDROM drive:
  1. Click "Driver Control", followed by "Install Driver". You will be asked to specify the location of vcdrom.sys
  2. Click "Start" to start the driver
  3. Exit from the "Driver Control" dialog box. Then click "Add Drive" in the main window
  4. Click "Mount" to mount the desired CD image

Reverse the steps above to remove the virtual CDROM drive.
Similar/alternative apps: OSFMount, WinCDEmu
Latest comments
bitbuerster on 2010-07-22 08:12

Two caveats: The directory path where the tool is installed to may not contain spaces (or you'll end up with a "mount failed" when VCDControlTool tries to actually mount an ISO). And 2nd, using the tool with Vista will work as admin only and you'll see the freshly mounted drive only from within an admin CMD.EXE command line (or from within VCDControlTool.exe's built-in file browser), but not from Vista's Windows Explorer.
-Anyone else with a 1) portable, 2) free and 3) Vista/Win7 compatible ISO-mounting utility?

aeris on 2010-07-30 10:58

bitbuerster: Any external file system on Windows must be part of Installable File System chain in order to be visible as a drive, thus by design it must be installed -> cannot be portable.

Even this method here "installs", but uses a pre-loaded driver to fool the system. Functionality of any alternative program would be the same, as it would have to access the same driver in the same fashion.


sockittoome on 2010-12-20 02:14

@bitbuerster, this is the best you can get for windows xp, other wise i'd go looking into how to write portable launchers, and uninstall/install drivers etc

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Coffee v0.1 R3

webfork on 24 Nov 2019
  • 285KB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 20 Jan 2009
  • Suggested by XPect

Coffee takes over for the default behavior of your computer when you double-click on a file, redirecting it to an application of your choice. The program supports relative pathways making it work together with other portable applications. Additionally, the program can be configured to open another associated program by holding ALT while double-clicking.

Alternatives include CAFE and CAFE Mod, upon which Coffee is based.

For C.A.F.E. users: website and even the instructions are in French, but you can change the default interface language to English by right-clicking on the system tray icon, then selecting "English" under Preferences - Language Choice.

Runs on: Win2K / WinXP
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? No
Unicode support: No
Path portability: Automatic relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: GPL
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch cafe.exe.
Latest comments
brontofuziq on 2011-04-08 12:29

@Kaleb: OK, I understood it but would be much much much easier just to add this option into the Coffee avoiding this compilation provess, for example in some .txt file or in Coffee.ini file as a new section (named "shortcuts" or something like that) so there would be no need for any programming skills for those of us that needs this important change...or even better - as the app itself got its own GUI for anything else like editing file extensions etc. it'd be great having such GUI for shortcuts as well...

Anyway thanks a lot for your help

spchtr on 2019-11-23 19:35

This appears to have stopped working on the latest update of Windows 10.

webfork on 2019-11-24 18:52

@spchtr: good to know, thanks

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Visual CD v4.2

webfork on 28 Jun 2017
  • 6MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 17 Dec 2012
  • Suggested by XPect

Visual CD is a disk cataloging tool to index CD/DVDs, floppy disks, hard disks, and even folders. You can then explore the disk catalogs, search files and folders, create MP3 playlist file without having the physical disks in the drive. Upon insertion of the corresponding disk, you can open files, split files into smaller pieces, extract ZIP, RAR, and CAB archive, and more.

NOTE: website offline, linking to softpedia.

Runs on: Win98 / WinME / Win2K / WinXP
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? No. Registers COM classes in the registry.
Unicode support: No
License: Freeware
How to extract:
  1. Download the installer and extract the files to a temporary folder
  2. Move all files from both the app and sys to a folder of your choice
  3. Launch VisCD.exe
  4. Under Options - Shell Integration, uncheck all file association and context menu checkboxes
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Kea on 2012-12-03 01:54

Is it possible to change Visual CD in such a way that it compensates for USB memory stick drive letter changes, and use \Catalogs as path instead of E:\VisualCD\Catalogs?

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