I am in England so when I played an English DVD, the region changed. But now
I want to watch American DVDs so I need to change it back. But when I put the
DVD in, the change the region prompt doesn’t come up. I went through the device
manager to try to change the DVD, but when I press ok to have it changed to
region one, it says:
“Unable to update region settings. Please make
sure the drive contains a region 1 media and you have administration
I have never had a problem with administration privilege before, so how do I
fix this? And how do I change the DVD region? I am sure I have administration
privilege, it’s my computer.
DVD region coding is one of the most controversial aspects of commercial DVD
production. It’s trying to solve a problem, doing it poorly, and as a result
consumers are once again stuck in the middle, getting burned.
Yes, I think that things are much worse than you imagine.
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Region codes define the area of the world that a DVD is “allowed” to be
played in. Regular DVD players are encoded with the region code that they’re
targeted for, so when you put the two together – DVD’s coded for region 1
(North America), can only be played on a player purchased in North America.
Send it to your family overseas, and they’ll not be able to view it.
The stated “reason” is copy protection, and the fact that movies may be
released in one country on DVD before it’s finished playing in theaters
elsewhere in the world. Being able to ship the DVDs to that country could
cannibalize theater attendance. I don’t buy it, myself, but that’s at least
part of the thinking.
I ran into this exact scenario you’re facing some years ago when a relative
of mine in Holland sent me a commercial DVD of the Dutch royal family. I
couldn’t view it, since I live in a different region code than the DVD was
only be changed a small number of times…”
With the advent of DVD players in PC’s, things got even more interesting.
Like stand-alone DVD players, DVD drives are initially configured to a specific
region code as well. However unlike they standalone players, the region code
can be changed.
This, of course, defeats the purpose of region codes all together.
So, DVD player manufacturers set a compromise: if the region code can be
changed at all, it can only be changed a small number of times; usually
something like 5. After the 5th region code change, it can no longer be changed
Very frustrating. Again.
And that’s where I believe you are. This isn’t about administrative
privileges, it’s about having exceeded the number of times you can reset the
region code on your drive.
And to the best of my knowledge there’s no legal way to circumvent
it with that single drive.
If this is something you do often, perhaps it’s worth installing a second
DVD drive, configuring it to the “other” region code. Watch region 1 DVDs in
one drive, and region 2 DVDs in the other.
You’ll note that also defeats the purpose of region codes, and that’s one of
the reasons I thing it’s such a poorly considered approach.
There are illegal solutions – such as ripping the DVD contents to your hard
disk, which I’m lead to believe will remove the region code. With enough space
on your hard disk (not uncommon these days) you can then watch the movies
without the DVD player at all.
But as I said, those approaches are technically illegal in most