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Providing files to other users, across the Internet, isn’t so straightforward. As we’ve found, if you ZIP up some files and provide the ZIP as a download, there will still be users who can’t work with the archive, understand the contents or understand that you need to extract before you can install the contents.
One other option is an ISO image. This enables you to take a CD of content and then turn it in to a distributable file that you can then give to other people who can burn the contents directly to their own disc. Nearly every disc burning tool can enable you to burn a disc from an ISO image, so it should be straightforward for most users.
The other alternative is WinCDEmu which will enable you to take an ISO image and mount it as a virtual drive within Windows Explorer. Suddenly the ISO image becomes an H: drive and you can use it as a virtual CD. When you’re finished, you can eject the virtual disk as you would any removable drive.