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How do I automatically mount CD/DVD Images using Daemon Tools?

If you are not aware of Daemon Tools, it is a freeware utility allowing you to load CD and DVD Images as Virtual Drives on your PC. For more information, click here.

The idea with automatically mounting CD and DVD Images using Daemon Tools directly from within Zoom Player is to simplify the process to a point where you don't need to interact with Daemon Tools directly. Make sure Daemon Tools is properly installed before resuming.

The process is done in two steps. The first step (which I have pretty much taken for you) is specifying which file extensions are considered Image Files. These can be seen under "Advanced Options / System / File Extensions - Execute". Any extension listed here will be accessible for execution under Zoom Player's File and Media Library Navigation interfaces.

The next step is to make sure that when the extensions are executed (by double clicking in explorer or by running them through the Zoom Player Navigation interfaces), they will be mounted automatically. Doing this is a bit technical, so read carefully.

  1. Run the Registry Editor (Start / Run / regedit.exe).
  2. Under the "HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT" key create a sub-key called "daemontools".
  3. Under the right-pane of this key, set the "Default" entry to "Daemon Tools Image".
  4. Under the "daemontools" key, create a sub-key called "shell".
  5. Under the right-pane of this key, set the "Default" entry to "open".
  6. Under the "shell" key, create a sub-key called "open".
  7. Under the "open" key, create a sub-key called "command".
Next you need to set the command line that tells Daemon Tools to mount any extensions set to it. First you need to find where Daemon Tools was installed, this is usually "C:\Program Files\D-Tools\daemon.exe", but double check the location for yourself.

Once you know the location, set the following command to the Right-Pane "Default" value of the "command" sub-key created in the instructions above:
"C:\Program Files\D-Tools\daemon.exe" -mount 0,"%L"

Change the path to fit the location of the daemon.exe file on your system, but make sure to Cut & Paste the parameters exactly as they are, including all parenthesis.

There is one final step you need to take, you need to specify which file extensions windows should send to Daemon Tool mounting. Under "HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT", you should see a list of extensions. For example, ".iso" or ".cue". For each extension you want associated with Daemon Tools, highlight it's key, then on the right-pane set the Default value to "daemontools" (the name of the key we created earlier). That's it, try double clicking explorer to see if the images indeed mount properly.