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How to Change a Laptop DVD Region Code

Updated February 21, 2017

Unless you've imported a DVD player from another country, playing DVDs from another region on your home player is impossible. Region codes lock DVDs to specific countries, which means that a DVD player made for the U.S. can't play DVDs made for England or Japan. However, you're in luck if your laptop PC has a built-in DVD player. It's possible to change the region code of your player, allowing you to view media from other sides of the globe. The process is very simple, but the only drawback is that you can change your computer's region code only so many times.

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  1. Click the Start button on the taskbar and open Run by typing "Run" into the search bar and pressing Enter.

  2. Type "devmgmt.msc" into the Run menu and press Enter or click OK. This opens the device manager.

  3. Click the drop-down arrow next to DVD/CD-ROM drives and double-click the label for your DVD player. This opens your DVD player's Properties menu.

  4. Select the DVD Region tab. Change the DVD region of your player by selecting a country from the list or by typing the region into the box labelled "New Region:". Note the number of times you can change your DVD player's region. Once this number is depleted, you can never change it again.

  5. Click OK to confirm the changes.

  6. Warning

    Don't abuse the ability to change your laptop's DVD region code. It can't be stressed enough that this process is limited. If you run out of changes, it can't be undone.

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Supported by his wit, charm and love for language, Perry Piekarski is a professional writer holding a Bachelor of Arts in professional writing from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. Piekarski is the former Executive Editor of Binge Gamer, a full-time sales associate at Best Buy and, whenever he has an extra moment, a freelance writer.

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