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How do I check my DVD drive's region settings in Windows 7?

Is there a restriction on what DVD region I can play? How is it implemented Is it restricted on software (applications such as Windows Media Player/VLC), OS, driver or hardware?

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marked as duplicate by nhinkle Feb 22 '12 at 17:19

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DVD region settings are applicable for most PC-DVD drives and are set at DVD drive firmware level

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Yes, see here and here also depending on the drive there may ber RPC-1 firmware available from here

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See this other answer: Is the Region Code setting a property of the external DVD drive or the OS? - some software can bypass the region coding by doing the decryption in software rather than hardware. VLC is quite often successful at this.

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