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When I play DVDs , the Windows Media Player frequently asks me to change the system region. I get something like this: "Your system is set to DVD region 5.To play this DVD, set your system region to 6" And then, a window appears, where I can change the system region. BUT, the problem: It says that you can only change the region a limited number of times! After the changes remaining become 0, it says I can't change the region even if I reinstall Windows, or move the DVD drive to another computer! That means I can only watch a limited number of DVDs! I now have 1 remaining change left. And I had to watch something, but I didn't change the region required to watch, lest it becomes permanent. Is there a solution? 1.Can't the DVD drive automatically change to another region by itself? 2.Unlimited number of changes? P.S.: DVD drive: Slimtype DVD A DS8A3S

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Hi! You may want to switch to a different version of windows media player. This may resolve the problem. Hope this helps and thank you for using FixYa!

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