How to Copy a DVD With Vista

By Greg Lindberg

You can create a copy of a DVD on your PC using Vista. The following steps are written for users of a PC with Vista. Windows burns discs using a process called Live File System, but you can also choose to use a Mastered format. Before burning a DVD, familiarize yourself with the laws of DVD duplication in your country. For example, in the United States, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) has very strict restrictions on the use of DVD duplication software.

Step 1

Keep in mind that these steps are intended for personal use and should not violate DVD copyright laws. Note that DVD copying software, for personal use or not, has been declared illegal. You can still safely burn a personal DVD using these steps on your Mac. An example of a personal DVD is a home movie. Also, keep in mind that for all of the following steps, you will first need to rip the DVD onto your computer using DVD ripping software.

Step 2

Insert the DVD that you want to copy. You will want to use software to rip the DVD files onto your computer. Go to the Windows icon at the bottom left corner, and the select the "Computer" option. You will now see the DVD under "Devices and Removable Storage." Right-click on the DVD icon and select the "Copy" option. Now, right-click again on the same DVD icon and click on the "Paste" option. You will be prompted to insert a blank DVD disc into the drive. After inserting a blank DVD into the drive, you will see a "Burn to Disc" pop-up box. First, give your disc a title and then move on to the next step.

Step 3

These following steps are for burning a DVD using the Live File System format. First, select Live File System and then click on the "Next" button. The information will now be transferred to your blank disc. Keep in mind that with the Live File System format you will be allowed to add and erase files, like a USB flash drive. Also take note that the disc may not work properly on early operating systems before Windows XP.

Step 4

These following steps are for burning a DVD using the Mastered format. First, select a'Mastereda' and then click on the "Next" button. The information will be now be transferred to your blank disc. Keep in mind that with the Mastered format your disc will be readable on all computers and some CD/DVD players. The Mastered format requires you write all files at once, and individual files can't be erased afterwards.

Step 5

The last step and option is to burn a DVD using Windows Media Player. First, with Windows Media Player open, click on the "Burn" tab. Select that you want to burn a DVD. You can drag the ripped DVD files onto your list pane of Windows Media Player. Now, click on the "Start Burn" option. Your DVD will now burn, and Windows Media Play will notify you when the process is complete. You can check the DVD by watching it with Windows Media Player still open.

Tips & Warnings

  • Please review the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). A link to the copyright act is located in Resources.