Article ID : 00029282 / Last Modified : 12/16/2010Print

Error: DVD cannot be played in this region, or the disk is inhibited from playing because of area limit.

    An error may occur when playing a DVD disc with a region code setting different than that of the drive. To avoid the error, or to just set the region code for the DVD drive to a different region code, follow this procedure to change the region code setting of a DVD drive.


    • After 4 changes, the region code will remain set to the last change made and can not be changed.
    • The region code may be changed up to 4 times.
    • If a new region code is needed the CD/DVD drive will need to be replaced.
    • Replacement of the drive is not covered under the warranty for this issue.
    • This procedure must be performed while logged in as Administrator or to an account with Administrator rights.
    • A DVD disc of the region being selected must be in the DVDROM drive to complete the region code setting change.
    1. Click the Start button, and then click Control Panel.
    2. In the Control Panel window, double-click the Performance and Maintenance icon.
    3. In the Performance and Maintenance window, under pick a Control Panel icon, double-click the System icon.
    4. In the System Properties window, click the Hardware tab.
    5. On the Hardware tab, click the Device Manager button.
    6. In the Device Manager window, double-click DVD/CDROM drives.
    7. Under DVD/CD-ROM Drives, double-click the DVD Drive.
    8. In the DVD drive's Properties window, click the Region tab.
    9. On the Region tab, click to select the appropriate region code.
    10. Click the OK button.