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I CANT CHANGE THE REGION ON MY DVD, although I have 1 change left

I changed my region code the other day to watch a foreign film, but was aware that i had another change left so would be able to change it back. But now I insert the region 2 disk (my home region), and WMPlayer (or the Dell Cineplayer) won't play it. It says:

1.'Your system is set to region 1. To play this DVD , set your system to region 2, 4 or 5'. - I click OK and change the region to Region 2 (UK)
2. The computer warns me that 'This is your last chance to change the region setting on your DVD. Are you sure you want to proceed?' - I click yes.
3. Then an error message pops up saying 'Unable to update region setting. Please make sure the drive contains a region 2 media and you have administration privilege'. I click OK as there is no other option.

--The problem is that I changed it before and no one else has an account on my computer so I must have administration privilege . Apparently I also have 1 change left, and I am inserting a region 2 disk. So why won't it let me change back to my real region? And how could I fix it?

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  • littlemai Jan 26, 2009

    Thanks Ramesh. I put in a dvd which only works in Region 2 (rather than working in multiple regions) and it changed back! Hurrah!

  • nakedlunch02 May 11, 2010

    I don't think this is about administrative
    privileges, it's about having exceeded the number of times you can reset the
    region code on your drive.
    And to my knowledge there's no known legal way to circumvent
    it with that single drive. problem is some older dive only allowed 2 region changes,and newer ones allowed up to 5, can you recall how many times you have changed the region? Simply it would most likely be cheaper to install a second, or external DVD drive.


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Try using a software called DVD Shrink to watch your DVDs on. But check if its legal to use in your respective areas.
You can see how many changes you have remaining by doing this.
"Right Click" on "My Computer" and select "Manage".
Select "Device Manager", expand your "DVD/CD-ROM drives", "Right Click" the drive model and select "Properties" and select tab called "DVD Region".
This will show you how many "Changes Remaining" you have and give you the ability to change the region (so long as you have available changes left).

Read this
http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/archive/dvdregion.mspx
Some manufacturers fix a region code in the windows registry.
Also you may be able to upgrade your firmware
of your dvd drive. (it may or may not start region count again but worth a try if nothing else will work.)

also u cna try this

it is that now that it is fixed, it is fixed for good unless you "flash" the drive's frimware. Check out http://www.vcdhelp.com for extra firmware for some drives. OR

Try putting in a dvd which is not made for multiple formats (i.e. Region 1, 2, 3 etc.), for e.g. I put in a Australian comedy disc which is only made for region 4, it enabled me to change back to that region. Hope this helps. If you are having trouble finding whether a disc supports multiple regions just try experimenting with a dvd which you might think is local to your country.

or try this out ....

you have to insert the DVD you're trying to play first, then try and change the region. It this might work.
Hope that helps!


or check this out

To change the region code, you must use a DVD disc that supports CSS
(Content Scrambling System).

look here:
_http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/document.do?sitestyle=lenovo&lndocid=MIGR-4QEKVZ






Posted on Jan 26, 2009

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    ramesh singh Jan 27, 2009

    the best thing what i can suggest u is that simply go ahead and change the cd/dvd-rom or what u can try is that reinstall the operating system...and then replace the cd Rom...good luck

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You can flash the drive with region free firmware (best option if you know what youre doing)
you can reinstall os giving you extra tries.
or you can use a program called any dvd(free)which enable you to watch any region (safe)
flash is best if youre not sure or cant find software let me know and give your dvd details(firmware)
eg freecom dvdrw 523252

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SOURCE: Changing the DVD Region code

Legally, the only way to resolve your issue is a new drive, the region code in the drive has been locked in the firmware and cannot be changed by normal means (You can search google for DVD region Code Cracks, but it is not recommended no legal)

Antipiracy laws mandated a limit to the number of times the Region code can be changed (5) and if you are going to be playing a lot of media from different regions, then get another drive and set it to one region (and mark the region on the drive) and use this for the other

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