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How to Make a Laptop DVD Drive Region-Free

Updated July 19, 2017

DVD region codes prevent people from playing import DVDs they legally bought. This is even worse with laptops, because if you have your laptop overseas, you probably can't play any DVDs sold in that country. Luckily, there are software solutions around DVD region encoding. These media players and programs circumvent your computer's built-in region encoding, allowing you to play any DVD with your laptop's DVD drive, regardless of the region of the drive or the disc.

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  1. Download and install the VLC Player. This is a free media player that bypasses region encoding.

  2. Insert the disc you want to play in your disc drive and launch VLC player.

  3. Go to "Media" then "Open Disc." In the "Disc" tab go to "Disc Device." Select the drive the disc is in and click "Play" to begin playing the disc.

  4. Download and install Any DVD. This is a paid program, but the trial version will work for several days before you have to pay.

  5. Restart your computer.

  6. Log back in to your computer after it restarts. Any DVD will automatically boot up and disable all region encoding on your disc drive.

  7. Download DVDFab Passkey. This is a paid program, but the trial period includes full functionality.

  8. Install the program and restart your computer.

  9. Log back into your computer. After your computer boots up, the welcome screen for DVDFab Passkey will appear. Click on "Start DVDFab Passkey."

  10. Insert the disc you want to play in your disc drive. A window will pop up asking what region the DVD is. Select the correct region and hit "OK." Your drive can now play the DVD.

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Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • DVD

About the Author

James Red

Residing in Pittsburgh, Pa., James Red has been a writer for over 10 years. He has work appearing in various magazines, newsweeklies and popular websites including "Wizard Magazine," "Big Shot" and Bullz-eye.com. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Point Park University and another in film studies from Bowling Green State University.

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