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Prevent WinRAR automatically taking control of ISO files

Dealing with an ISO caught in compression

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When you download an ISO file you may find that it is compressed into a .RAR file: this allows you to access individual files within an ISO, but may not suit your purposes. Our Helproom Editor explains how to stop WinRAR automatically taking control of ISO files.

QUESTION When I try to download an ISO file, WinRAR pops up and turns it into a compressed .RAR file. My disc-burning software, Ashampoo 11.0, can't read this file type. I've managed to successfully burn the disc by first uninstalling WinRAR, but I don't want to have to do this every time I need to burn a disc. Is there an easier way to stop this behaviour?

HELPROOM ANSWER By default WinRAR associates itself with ISO files because it is able to handle them in a similar way to other compressed data, such as ZIP and RAR files. Sometimes you might want to access individual files within an ISO, which WinRAR allows you to do.

To prevent WinRAR automatically taking control of ISO files, open WinRAR and choose Options, Settings and select the Integration tab. Uncheck ISO in the section marked ‘Associate WinRAR with'.

Alternatively, right-click an ISO file in Windows Explorer and choose Open with. Selecting ‘Choose Default Program' lets you specify which program should handle the ISO file when double-clicked. Select Ashampoo 11.0, then make sure ‘Use this application for all .iso files' is enabled.

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