How to Copy a DVD in Windows XP

By Jim Blandley

You may need to copy a DVD, but not have the software or know-how to make it happen. Fortunately, there are a number of possible solutions a few easy mouse clicks away. A number of different companies offer free trial download versions of DVD cloning software, so you can try the products and make an educated decision before buying. If one program does not work with your system, you can try others until you are able to burn full-quality copies of your DVDs.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • Internet connection
  • DVD

Choose a DVD clone program

Step 1

Download the AVS DVD Copy program from the link in the Resources section and run it. Choose the output file drive, temporary folder and file size after you see that the program has recognized your DVD. Click "Start copying!"

Step 2

Download Acala DVD Copy from the link in the Resources section and run it. Install and launch the program. Choose your "From" and "To" disc drives. Choose your burning engine from the pull-down menu. Choose your audio and temp (working) folder preferences, then click "Start."

Step 3

Download Easy DVD Clone from the link in the Resources section and run it. Choose "Yes" when asked if you want to create backups of replaced files. Launch the program, then click "OK" on the ad. Choose your source and target. Click on "Options" and choose your preferences, then click "Start."

Tips & Warnings

  • Many DVDs which are not copy-protected can be copied to your hard drive simply by copying and pasting the files within "Computer."
  • The programs referred to here are free trials, which require you to pay in order to continue using them once the trial period if over.