From Alcohol Soft:
Alcohol 52% FE is emulation software, supports 25 plus languages. It can handle up to 31 virtual CD and DVD-ROM drives, all at once. The reading speed of a virtual CD-ROM is 200X. This means you can play a CD from the virtual CD-ROM with 200X reading speed. Supports normal CD and DVD and CD RAW sub-channel reading methods: RAW reading method enables to emulate all CDs.
Mounts most of the disc images. The only exception so far has been power ISO and disc Juggler images. Everything else I have loads just like it needs to.
Smart file adviser isn't really such a big bad adware that kills your PC as some of you are saying. using the uninstaller for windows will tell you, "it required"... no is not. Use a malware remover that takes care of adware to as well, let it do its thing and smart file adviser will be gone. alcohol runs fine without it. This is why 4 stars, does what it needs to do, but i shouldn't have to deal with Push-it-on-to-me software!
Just know what you're doing and you will good to go. Try using malware-bytes free and that takes care of any adware you may have. Whiners quit complaining and grow up. Here's a lesson for you... NOTHING IN THIS UNIVERSE IS EVER COMPLETELY FREE!! Apply that to your everyday life, and your grow up skill will go up a level!
you can intall alcohol 52 or 120 without 'smart file advisor', just follow this steps: 1) Download the Alcohol 120%\52% FE installer 2) Before running the installer, disconnect from the internet 3) When asked to reboot, reboot your machine 4) Before running the installer again, make sure your still disconnected from the internet 5) Run the installer and select the options you want, install Alcohol 120% 6) Enjoy using Alcohol 120% FE without the Smart File Advisor crapware
Smart File Advisor won't install if you not connected to the internet during the install.
Effortlessly mounts disc images to virtual drives once you get it set up. I still play Age of Empires 2 frequently on my laptop, and mounting the image I made using Alcohol 52% is as simple as right-clicking the appropriate virtual drive and selecting it from the list. If you have a lot of those pesky games that require you to have the disc in the drive in order to play them, Alcohol 52% is exactly what you need. Making an image of your disc is as effortless as mounting it when you need it.
None. It does a great job, and the interface is so good that my mother could probably create and mount a disc image.
Over the years I have tried every free virtual disk manager I could find, and Alcohol 52% is by far the best. It does all that I need it to and more, and its UI is so good that it takes mere seconds to get it started on whatever task I need at that moment.
Also, as is usually the case on here, please ignore the complaints about malware - that is part of download.com's installer, NOT Alcohol 52% itself. I have been using Alcohol 52% for a decade, and it has never given me even one byte of malware.
I downloaded this and just as installation finished my AVG picked up and blocked a virus. Then three links to various other programs I never approved to be downloaded and they appear to be spyware. This is the only thing I have downloaded and installed today. I attempted to uninstall it but the program does not even seem to be on my computer. When sorting my apps by date install date the only thing installed today is "mypcbackup" the spyware....
Works well enough, and is stable. Reads most CD/DVD formats.
You should know the following. Even when using advanced setup and pressing 'decline' for a couple of times it installs Smart File Adviser. This can not be removed from add/remove programs without removing Alcohol as well. In addition to installing "Smart File Adviser" the free edition modifies these registry keys... HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Associations HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Associations It changes the file association for application downloads to all go through a php page on a remote web site. It would theoretically then be possible for this web site to: Redirect your download to another file. Modify your download, and insert a virus or trojan, etc. Insert code to scan your PC for back account and credit card numbers. Send you a file that re-formats your C: drive. Use your imagination for more possibility.
I do not know that it does any of these things, but it easily could, and it could start doing it when it chose to without installing additional software on your PC. It is also possible someone could hack the web site this points to and exploit it.
I recommend finding an alternative to this software, unless the author relents and removes Smart File Advisor.
I do not believe it has current support(as of version 18.104.22.16813)for windows 8.1 MCE 64-bit
For all of those people that are having issues with all the "bloat ware" this is the CNet installer, take your time and read through the installer and you CAN decline the added software titles if you wish. I hate the new installer but I believe it is to help with the costs of running the site.
Updated on Jan 12, 2014
Here are two titles that will work with this version of windows.