Utility Review: Alcohol 52%

It sometimes is hard finding software that will work on Windows Vista. Case in point: finding software that will load ISO images as a drive letter. On Windows XP, I use to use CloneVirtualDrive by SlySoft. Unfortunately, this software does not work on Vista. The challenge is to find something free, reliable and of course, Vista compatible.

Installation is pretty straight forward: the first part will require a reboot. After the reboot, you need to run the setup again. During the setup, you are offered a “free toolbar”. You can decline the installation of this toolbar.

Usage is pretty easy: launch Alcohol 52% and add your ISO image to the list. It keeps a list of the current ISOs you have loaded recently. Then, right-click on the ISO and choose “Mount on Device”. The CD or DVD is then loaded as a virtual drive letter.

The utility also has a neat ISO maker. Place a CD or DVD into the drive and click through the wizard: nothing could be easier. This utility would be so sweet if it would write CDs/DVDs as well. Alas, it is freeware, so you can’t ask too much.

Note that the license states this is for home and personal use only.

Verdict: 4 stars

– Soli Deo Gloria

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