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How to Solve Wrong Region DVD During DVD Movie Playback

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Updated on June 13, 2022

When people play DVDs purchased in another country, they will be likely to run into wrong region DVDs. In this post, we focus on the playback failure caused by DVD region error and tell you three good solutions.

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What Does Region Code Error Mean on a DVD?

Wrong region DVD, literally, means the region code of the DVD you are trying to play doesn’t match the one of the DVD player. As a fact, many commercial DVDs and DVD players contain specific region codes based on geographic areas. For instance, DVDs released in the UK are coded for region 2 and they can only be played on a DVD player locked in the same region code. While if one plays these UK DVDs in the USA or other countries that adopt a different region code, DVD says wrong region. At this point, you may readily know why the DVD region error occurs only when playing a DVD produced in other countries. Then, if you insist on playing a DVD from other regions, the following methods should be practical.

WonderFox doesn’t advocate any illegal duplication and distribution. This article is compiled only for personal DVD digital backup. Please refer to the DVD copyright laws in your countries before ripping a copy-protected DVD.

Solution 1: Remove DVD Region Code with Region Code Removal Software

This is the highly recommended solution in consideration of manipulability, cost as well as applicability – Remove DVD region code and digitize the DVD movie. In this way, you are able to play the converted movie file on sorts of mobile devices on the move. WonderFox DVD Ripper Pro is a fast and easy program for this task. No complex settings, no need of purchasing an expensive DVD player, and you can benefit more from the DVD digitization with this DVD ripping tool. Here is the how-to guide.


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How to Fix DVD Region Code Error and Convert a DVD?

Before start, please free downloadfree download the software on your PC, and insert a wrong region DVD to DVD-ROM drive.

Step 1. Load the DVD Source

Click on the DVD Disc button, select the wrong region DVD drive letter, and click “OK”. WonderFox DVD Ripper Pro will instantly decrypt the DVD and list all content. It will also tick the main title automatically.

Select the target drive letter

Step 2. Choose an Output Format

Click the right-hand big format icon, and choose a digital video format therein. Since MP4 is the ubiquitous video format supported by all modern devices, you can select and export the movie as MP4.

Step 3. Complete the Conversion

Click the three-dots button and choose a location for saving the converted file, and then click Run. With the GPU acceleration enabled, it will dramatically shorten the time to rip a DVD. After done, you're able to smoothly play the DVD movie without any DVD region error.

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Solution 2: Change DVD Drive Region Code

If you happen to receive a region error on DVD during playing DVD movies on the computer, changing your computer DVD drive region code is a good practice. Yet most such devices can only be modified in limited times. Once the maximum limit is reached, the region code of the device will be the one you set up at the last time, for good. Here I'll expound how to change DVD region code on Windows and Mac severally.


On Windows:  

Step 1. Head to “This PC” or “My Computer”.

Step 2. Right-click on the target DVD drive, then select “Properties”.

Step 3. Go to “Hardware”, select the disk drive you want to change region code of, then hit “Properties”.

Step 4. Click “DVD Region”. Under this section, you’re able to see the available modification times and the current region. Move the slider bar and choose the country that the DVD movie was purchased in, and the new region code will be displayed synchronously.

Tips. If you are not sure the region code number the DVD movie has, check out the back of the DVD package on which the region code is usually printed.

Step 5. Hit OK to save the modification and play the DVD again.

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On Mac:

Step 1. Insert the DVD into the optional drive of your Mac. A dialog appears prompting you to choose a region code.

Step 2. Choose the region code matching with the DVD.

Step 3. Click “Set DVD Region” and “Lock” to save the change.

Solve “This disc is not formatted to play in this region”

Solution 3: Use a Multi Region or Region-free DVD Player

Physical DVD player is still many people’s preference. So to deal with the wrong region code DVD problem, you can also turn to a multi region DVD player or even region-free DVD player that can ignore the region code protection in a DVD. There are kinds of powerful DVD players that are capable of playing DVDs worldwide, for instance, ELECTCOM DVD Player, Sony All Region DVD player, LG All Multi Region Code Region Free DVD Player, etc., which range from tens of dollars to hundreds.

While if you think purchasing an additional DVD player for the DVD region error is too costly, you may try some DVD region code hacks on your current DVD player so as to play DVDs from other regions. Because of different models and brands, the commands for hacking DVD players would be different. Check out Videohelp forum to look for a targeted solution for your device: https://www.videohelp.com/dvdhacks

In Summary

DVD region coding is a common tool for preventing DVDs from being played on other regions except for the region the DVDs released in. The ways to unblock the restriction are various and feature different traits. Just weigh your options based on the actual circumstance.

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