Restore ISO Image Association in Windows 7

Windows 7 has native ISO image support. You can just double-click on any ISO image file and burn it on to a blank CD or DVD using inbuilt Windows 7 Disc Image burner application. But if you install a third party application like WinRAR which supports opening ISO files as an archive, then the association of ISO images to native Windows Disc Image burner application is broken. Now if you double-click on an ISO file, you will not see the Windows Disc Image burner application. If you want, then you can restore this ISO image file association back to Windows Disc Image burner. Here is how :

  1. Right-click on any ISO image file and choose Open with → Choose default program as shown.

    Restore ISO association in Windows 7

  2. In the Open with window, select Windows Disc Image Burner from the list of programs. Then select the checkbox labeled Always use the selected program to open this kind of file as shown.

    Restore ISO association in Windows 7

  3. Click on the OK button to save the settings.

Following these steps, you should be able to restore the ISO image associations back to Windows Disk Image Burner icon on your desktop. The settings change effect immediately and you can start using the Windows Disc Image Burner application right away.