Help with backing up dvd to vista

I have tried varios types of software (dvd decrypter, shrink etc.) and now platnium to rip by dvd collection to by hard drive so that I may watch them over my network. Windows media player 11 is my default player. When I have tried to use clone and other tools the media player does not reconize them. When I use generic or xbox 360 I will get forced subtitles and play back will be poor, choppy and often freeze and skip. I’m becomming very fusterated and good help will be mush appreicated