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Is there any built-in way of copying DVDs in Windows 7 or do I need to install a third party tool?

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Are you talking movies/games or dvd's you created yourself? – Nifle Jun 19 '10 at 13:08
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There is no built-in tool to copy DVDs in Windows 7. You will need to install a third-party tool, such as Handbrake.

UPDATE: As mentioned by others, Handbrake is not ideally suited for DVD copying, but it will work. DVDShrink or DVD Decrypter (or numerous other newer DVD copying applications) will work as well. It stands, though, that this functionality is not built into Windows.

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Handbrake doesn't really copy a DVD though, does it? I thought Handbrake was for compressing video... – Svish Jun 23 '10 at 6:19
Sure it does. It does not come with the DeCSS module (if I remember correctly) since the authors are being cautious due to DMCA in the U.S., but once that's added back in, it copies them fine. And non-encrypted DVDs can be copied without that module. – Michael Todd Jun 23 '10 at 21:07
not a very explanatory answer. see my comment because it deserves the green checkmark. – djangofan Nov 12 '10 at 23:32
The last entry in DVDShrinks rev history is from 2004. The odds of it working in WIn7 seem very slim. – jcollum May 17 '11 at 4:16
@jcollum DVDShrink works on Windows 7 according to this (though you may need to add the application to the list of DEP programs to exclude; see half-way down the list of messages). – Michael Todd May 17 '11 at 4:38

My favorite is DVD Shrink. The current version is available at

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It has trojan/virus scanned by… – Nam G VU Jun 16 '13 at 5:06

My method is to use DVDDecrypter in "Single FILE mode" (no splitting) to aggregate the .VOB data into a single .VOB on my hard drive and then use AVIDemux to rip the video as a .AVI container with .mp3 audio and MPEG-4 video.

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