Almost any program that is not freeware is protected with some form of license management system so that the program cannot be freely pirated. These license systems, however, do not usually block you from creating a backup copy of the software disc; they simply disallow multiple uses of a single serial code or registration number.
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Using a tool called ImgBurn, you can copy the entire DVD image of the DVD software so that your backup is an exact replica of the disc. Use the "Create Image File from Disc" option to create an ISO image file of your DVD software.
Another program that can rip DVDs is DVD Decrypter. Click on "Mode," "ISO Read" and click the "Rip" button to copy the ISO image to your hard drive.
A third program is One-Click ISO Ripper. Simply select an output location and click "Rip."
Download a program called Daemon Tools Lite to mount the ISO image you created. Daemon Tools creates a virtual DVD-ROM drive that makes your computer think that the ISO image you created is a real DVD in a real DVD drive attached to your computer. You can then install the software off the virtual drive.
Microsoft offers a virtual drive program called Virtual CD-ROM. Open the program and browse to the ISO image of your DVD. Virtual CD-ROM will mount the ISO on a virtual drive accessible in My Computer.
ISODisk is another program that creates virtual drives. Click the folder icon next to Disk A and browse to your ISO image. The virtual drive will show up in My Computer.
Try simply copying and pasting all the files off the DVD and into a folder on your computer. This is more likely to work with older programs, especially ones that are not produced by large companies and are not video games.
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