how to change computer region setting?

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#1 Posted by davidlai205 (138 posts) -

hey all, i bought a spiderman 3 dvd, but i cant play on my computer because its region 3 (my computer is region 1), and so they asked me to change my computer region setting to region 3 before i can play it.

does anyone know how to do that? the microsoft website isnt really helpful :/

#2 Posted by RayvinAzn (12552 posts) -
Computer region? I'm pretty sure that region applies to your DVD player, and not your computer. And it's not something you can change.
#3 Posted by jcosta223 (75 posts) -
yea computers can play any region. just get a good player like vlp player or bs player!
#4 Posted by davidlai205 (138 posts) -
as in,my dvd drive in my computer (most probably) is set to region1, whereas the dvd is region 3. vls player? or do you mean vlc?
#5 Posted by jcosta223 (75 posts) -
yes im sorry vlc player ^^
#6 Posted by RayvinAzn (12552 posts) -

yea computers can play any region. just get a good player like vlp player or bs player!jcosta223

Computers can, but doesn't the DVD player need to recognize the disc?

#7 Posted by jcosta223 (75 posts) -
yes dvd players are limited ot certain regions to prevent people from playing pirated software that they buy from the bus train station lol. every nameplate on a product will state what region it is. some dvd playersyou can unlock but thats a different story.
#8 Posted by RichterBelmont7 (335 posts) -

Computer region? I'm pretty sure that region applies to your DVD player, and not your computer. And it's not something you can change.RayvinAzn

It is, but a limited number of times. I don't recall the specific process but you have to get into your DVD drive's properties and change the region settings from there somehow..probably have to go through hardware manager.

#9 Posted by RichterBelmont7 (335 posts) -

Okay, I've found something..you are limited to 5 changes and then its permanently locked into the one you changed to when the counter reached zero. This is for Windows 2000 so it probably differs some in XP.

My Computer > DVD Drive (Right-click properties) > Hardware > DVD Drive > Properties (yes, again) > Select Region.