PC Doctor September 5, 2014

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Dear PC Doctor:

I went to a family reunion this summer and a cousin filmed a lot of the fun.  She sent me a DVD.  I’d love to be able to give a copy of the DVD to my grandmother.  Is it possible to make a copy?  How do I do that?  My computer does play DVDs.

       Thanks, Kacy


Dear Kacy:

You didn’t say what kind of computer you have – If you use Windows 7 or Windows 8, there is software built in that can help you copy the DVD.

First, put the DVD in your DVD drive in your computer.  Copy the file you want to give your grandma onto the desktop.  Give it a clear name like “video for Gram” or whatever makes sense to you.  Eject your DVD.  Put a blank DVD in the drive.  Wait a few seconds.  Autoplay should recognize the blank disk and start up.  (If it doesn’t, open Windows Explorer and choose computer, then the DVD drive.)

When Autoplay starts, you should get a window that offers you the choice “Burn files to disc.” You’ll get another window asking you how you want to do that.  You should get a choice that says “With a CD/DVD Player.” Choose that one.  Next, you should be able to drag and drop the file from the folder you created into the DVD burning window that should now be open.  Once you do that, you should get a menu choice that says “Burn to disc.” If you click that, you’ll be all set.

Until next time … Happy Computing!

      PC Doctor