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I have installed Windows 7 on my laptop. When I put a movie in the DVD drive, the video player starts up and tells me 'THIS DISC IS NOT FORMATTED TO PLAY IN THIS REGION'. I have changed the DVD region a few times in the past but while I was in Windows XP I changed the region to Region 1.

I cannot find how to check the DVD region setting in Windows 7 (it's not located on the properties page of the DVD anymore. Does anybody know how to check the DVD region in Windows 7?

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Update: If I connect an external USB DVD drive I can see the DVD region tab on the hardware properties dialog. I guess there is some compatibility problem with my internal DVD drive and Windows 7 (as I said I was able to inspect/change the DVD region in Windows XP).

Solution: I think I had used LtnRPC in the past to remove the region from my DVD drive. It looks like Windows 7 does not like region free DVD drives (at least mine anyway). I was able to use LtnRPC to reset the region back to 1. I can now see the region tab on the DVD drive's hardware properties.

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I have uploaded a screen snapshot showing the lack of region settings for my DVD drive screencast.com/t/YjhlYzJmYm –  user13141 Jan 30 '10 at 23:46
    
in case you wonder about the 2 Base System Devices in the device manager, that'd be the SD card reader. –  Molly7244 Jan 31 '10 at 2:20
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Check to see whether or not the DVD drive is locked by a region code.

Drive Region Info is a simple freeware and portable tool that lets you know if your DVD drive is locked to any particular 'region'.

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If your drive is locked after five changes you can use LtnRPC, a Region Free Utility for Lite-ON manufactured drives (your Sony DW-Q58A drive was manufactured by LiteOn) to reset the count or make the drive 'region free' altogether.

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I will check it out once I have my AV software installed. –  user13141 Jan 30 '10 at 23:59
    
Funnily enough, I think I had used LtnRPC before because when I checked the region setting in XP the drive said 'no region'. Despite this Windows 7 would not play my region 1 'Office Space' DVD. –  user13141 Jan 31 '10 at 5:40
    
Here is my region info screencast.com/t/MmE2OTRhO. Maybe Windows 7 is not happy with region free DVD players. –  user13141 Jan 31 '10 at 5:43
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With LtnRPC I was able to fix the problem. It looks like Windows 7 is not happy with region free DVD drives. I ran LtnRPC and was able to set the region back to 1. From then on Windows 7 allowed me to play my DVDs. –  user13141 Jan 31 '10 at 5:54
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  • Right-click the DVD drive and select properties
  • Under the Hardware tab, click properties
  • Highlight the DVD drive and click on it
  • Navigate to the DVD Region tab and modify it accordingly
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I have no DVD Region tab screencast.com/t/MDg5MmU2Z –  user13141 Jan 30 '10 at 23:48
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it is locked from too many changes you can use the tool in molly answer to see –  at. Jan 30 '10 at 23:59
    
yep, 5 changes, that's it. –  Molly7244 Jan 31 '10 at 0:18
    
The strange thing is that because I could not see the region tab in Windows 7, I booted into Windows XP and it let me change the region to region 1 but when I booted back into Windows 7 I still get the region error when I try to play the region 1 DVD. –  user13141 Jan 31 '10 at 5:37
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it's not located on the hard properties page of the DVD anymore

I opened up Device Manager, went to Properties for my DVD drive and there was a change DVD region option, same as there's always been?

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