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Region 2 dvd's in a region 1 dvd-rom

I have some region 2 dvd's which i wish to play in a region 1 dvd-rom on my computer, is there a way i cna do this without changing my region settings?

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Hi Macca

I have used this program for a long time on one of my HP laptops. It works a treat. I can play discs from any region without changing the region settings on the rom drive itself.
http://www.dvdregionmaster.com/

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Windows keeps track of the DVD region and after its initial setting you are allowed to only change it once more. Its possible to reset the counter by performing the following registry change:

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Move to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft

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