i figured out a way to get a decent virtual drive to use for mounting .cdi files (especially for newer OSes, and without the bs adware)
i have to credit vasiliy for the original post in regards to using alcohol 52.
Download alcohol 52% free version (install on a virtual machine first because it has bs adware)
once installed copy all of the files from the programs folder, and use them on any win 64bit OS.
you need to install SPTD as well..http://www.duplexsecure.com/downloads/
testing and working on win7, win8.1, and win10 64bit OSes without all of the bs adware.
daemon tools last good version was like 3.47?
after that they bundled adware.
wincdemu is good but it doesn't work with .cdi files
virtual clone drive is good but it doesn't work with .cdi files
(i have both of these installed also but have the services disabled and the virtual drives disabled)
(also any context menu items are disabled)
anyhow you have options..