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Hi All,

I have Win 7 Home Premium (64-Bit) both on my Intel Core i5 desktop and my AMD A6 HTPC, I run WMC and use My Movies to manager my collection - the problem is this:

I can play my iso image files fine in WMC on my desktop using Slysoft Virtual Clone Drive and Mikinhos Mount Image to automatically mount the images! (I downloaded the x64 file on Mikinhos, is that the right file for 64 bit, I would think so)!

When I did the same on my HTPC it did work fine for the first time, but every time I restart it the image does not mount and the file does not play, it does not give me an error, but when I click on play in My Movies, WMC just asks me whether I want to burn a CD or DVD and when I click close on that or just wait, it does not play the movie the blue activity indicator circle (instead of the hourglass) just disappears and I am back to the My Movies screen!

In WMC Movies (not using My Movies, here) it gives me an error asking me to check the path specified, looks like WMC is not recognizing the virtual drive created by the software!

How do you play your image files? What mounting software do you use? I tried uninstalling both the applications and re installing but same thing, it does play when I do it, but after rebooting the same issue again, have no idea how to fix it.

I tried DVD fab virtual drive & Daemon Tools Lite instead of Virtual clone, and WMC keeps telling that it could not find an appropriate software to mount the image for both, why is this, doesn't WMC recognize these virtual drives?

Any help is greatly appreciated?

A good chunk of my movies are in ISO image files, so I would love for them to auto mount and play in WMC! I know this works (on my desktop) but don't know why it wouldn't on the HTPC!

Thanks in advance! I'll add some screen shots to this post as soon as I get home today, if that helps!
 
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I use Virtual CloneDrive all the time with no issues. Are you mounting a networked image? If so, its possibly a permissions issue, make sure all passwords are off for file sharing, Share the folder the files are in, and Map the Networked drive on the HTPC using "Different Credentials" when mapping. Then you should have no issue mounting the .iso on the HTPC.
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I use Virtual CloneDrive all the time with no issues. Are you mounting a networked image? If so, its possibly a permissions issue, make sure all passwords are off for file sharing, Share the folder the files are in, and Map the Networked drive on the HTPC using "Different Credentials" when mapping. Then you should have no issue mounting the .iso on the HTPC.

Thanks for the info!

No the files are all in the same partition within the HDD on the HTPC, nothing on the networked drives!

Here is some more info about troubleshooting that I tried which did not work:

I did try earlier and check the file associations and it is set to virtual clone drive for iso in Win 7, is there an option within My Movies or Virtual Clone Drive to set how to play a disc when detected?

I'm thinking that WMC is not seeing the image in the drive but just the drive and hence is asking to load blank media to burn on - could this be the case?

Looks like the image is not getting properly mounted on VCD, I say this because:

1) On Virtual clone drive on the task bar, it says the media is mounted and it shows me the path!

2) In Win Explorer, it shows my virtual drive (F: in my case) but when I double click on it to try and expand or open the file, it asks me to insert media into the drive.

3) When I use XBMC instead of Win Media Center the image plays without any problems, so there is nothing corrupted with the image file either, is that correct?

I love WMC and would prefer to use that for all my media over XBMC, but I have integrated XBMC to WMC just to play ISO files for now!

How could this be playing in one and not the other, what virtual drive software does XBMC use? Any ideas?
 
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No i dont, but have you tried opening WM and navigating to the virt drive to open the files? Also on VCD, how many sheep do you have set up?
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No i dont, but have you tried opening WM and navigating to the virt drive to open the files? Also on VCD, how many sheep do you have set up?

Just one drive on VCD - F: in my case!

No i haven't tried that opening it on WMC, but just on the Win Explorer, would that be any different? I can try and let you know!
 
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When mounting the iso mage, does the icon on the F drive change to match? If not, theres an issue with the mounting, try adding one more sheep and see if that fixes it.
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When mounting the iso mage, does the icon on the F drive change to match? If not, theres an issue with the mounting, try adding one more sheep and see if that fixes it.

Thank you! Will try that as soon as I get home and post back!
 
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When mounting the iso mage, does the icon on the F drive change to match? If not, theres an issue with the mounting, try adding one more sheep and see if that fixes it.

It did not, just got done trying, without any luck!
 
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Then theres something wrong and Windows isnt seeing that drive having a 'disc' loaded.

Ok, screens of before and after loading Command & Conquer TFD

VCD1.jpg

VCD2.jpg

When you right click on a file, do you go to Open With: or Mount on the context menu?
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Originally Posted by Furball Zen View Post

Then theres something wrong and Windows isnt seeing that drive having a 'disc' loaded.
Ok, screens of before and after loading Command & Conquer TFD
VCD1.jpg
VCD2.jpg
When you right click on a file, do you go to Open With: or Mount on the context menu?

Thank You!

Sorry about the delay was busy with other stuff and forgot about replying to the last post, my apologies!

I solved it though, but had to do a fresh install and now everything works as it should, without any issues! Thanks for the help!

I am still baffled about what caused it in the first place though.
 
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