Preschool video games library
September 15, 2010 10:18 AM   Subscribe

I need some recommendations on software or process for mounting ISO files to play installed games in a preschool environment.

My sons preschool has a stack of preschool level game CDs. They have 4 PCs, (Win2K) and they swap physical CDs every month or so to set up the games for the kids to play.

I am trying to remove the physical CD element. I have created ISO files, and can mount them, but I was wondering if anyone knew of any software that would list out the ISO files, and mount them with a double-click for example...something simple that a non-PC literate classroom helper (adult) could figure out.

I was thinking of taking it a step further and installing the games through something like Cameyo to automatically mount the CD and put the icon on the desktop.

I can do all of this manually, but I'm thinking if there is a better way to automate the process.

Any thoughts?
posted by AltReality to Technology (3 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
It's called Daemon Tools, and it's both free and awesome. It creates a virtual optical drive which will mount images as if they were physical CDs. The interface is pretty obvious, and if you put all of your ISOs in a single directory and name them appropriately, any tyro can get this going with a minimum of training.
posted by valkyryn at 10:35 AM on September 15, 2010

Seconding daemon tools. It was a critical tool for me when I was in the Windows world. The "lite" version is free. There also shell extensions available so that you can just double click an iso to mount it.
posted by Cat Pie Hurts at 11:20 AM on September 15, 2010

I personally stopped using Daemon tools a few years ago, the included adware was fairly intrusive and then lots of rumors of spyware started appearing - I'm not certain what the current state is.

Virtual Clonedrive is what I use now. I have never had any problems with it, and the default install seems to allow ISOs to be mounted with a double click from an explorer window.
posted by samj at 2:36 AM on September 16, 2010

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