How to Play a Region 1 DVD on Dell Laptop Firmware

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In an effort to combat home video piracy, DVDs are encoded so that they can only be played in the region of the world in which they were purchased. You cannot play a region 1 formatted DVD on a DVD player you purchased in region 4. However, the firmware that comes natively installed with the DVD drive in your Dell laptop computer allows you to manually change the region of disc that the drive can play, up to five different times. If you have a DVD from America or Canada (region 1) and your Dell is set up to play DVDs from elsewhere in the world, change your settings so that the computer drive will play a region 1 disc.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Click "Start."

  2. 2

    Click "Computer."

  3. 3

    Right-click your Dell laptop DVD drive icon. Click "Properties."

  4. 4

    Click the "Hardware" tab, then the "Properties" button.

  5. 5

    Click the "DVD Region" tab and change the region to "1" by selecting the name of one of the countries in that particular region (the United States or Canada, for example). Click "Apply." You will now be able to play a region 1 DVD on your Dell laptop computer.

Tips and warnings

  • When you reach the fifth of your five available DVD drive region changes, your DVD drive will permanently lock you into the last selected region. You do not have an infinite number of changes that you can make to the region on your Dell laptop DVD drive.

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