To change region settings for DVD drives


Open Device Manager


Double-click DVD/CD-ROM drives, right-click the DVD drive for which you want to change region settings, and then click Properties.


On the DVD Region tab, make the desired changes.

Because many software decoders require Direct Memory Access (DMA) in order to function, you should check the settings of your Integrated Device Electronics (IDE) ATA/ATAP controllers to ensure that DMA if available is selected in Transfer Mode. If applicable, you should also check this setting for the Secondary IDE Channel.


You must be logged on as an administrator or a member of the Administrators group in order to complete this procedure. If your computer is connected to a network, network policy settings may also prevent you from completing this procedure. 

To open Device Manager, click Start, and then click Control Panel. Click Performance and Maintenance, and then click System. On the Hardware tab, click Device Manager

The DVD Region tab might not be available for all DVD drives.

To configure your DVD drive to play discs from other regions, select a geographic area from the list of regions. Typically, you would select the region in which you reside. It is not usually necessary to change the setting again.

The region settings can be changed only a limited number of times. When Changes remaining equals 1, and you select a new region, an alert will be displayed warning you that after this, you will only be able to play DVDs from that region. Be aware that you might not be able to change the region setting for some DVD hardware and software decoders.

If you are not an administrator or a member of the Administrators group, you can use Run as to perform certain administrator functions. For more information on how to use Run as, see Related Topics.

Related Topics


Why you should not run your computer as an administrator

Start a program as an administrator

Change IDE controller settings

View devices and resource settings

Device Manager overview

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