How to Unlock a PC's DVD Player
By Marshal M. Rosenthal
The DVD player in a PC is restricted to playing commercial DVDs made for the same "Region" (or country) where the PC is being used. Unlock a PC's DVD player so that it can play a DVD regardless of which region it was created for. The modification requires the use of a software program created by a PC enthusiast--there is no cost--and you will not have to physically disassemble either the DVD player or the PC.
Download a DVD player modification program to the desktop, for example the free Remote Selector program (see Resources). Double-click the file once downloaded and follow the menu commands to install it on the hard drive. Restart the PC after the installation is completed.
Select the DVD player modification program from the "Start," "All Applications" pop-up menu. Wait momentarily as the program launches.
Select "None, player only" from the "Decoder" drop-down menu at the top of the program's window. Select the DVD player from the "Player" drop-down menu below "Decoder."
Click the "Program" tab beneath "Player." Check the "Run at WIndows startup" checkbox in the middle of the window. Check the "Start minimized" checkbox.
Click the "Video" tab across from "Program." Check the "All Regions" checkbox in the middle of the window. Quit the program. Restart the PC to make the functions active so that any regional DVD can be played since the PC's DVD player is now unlocked.
- The DVD player modification program must be running or the DVD player will return to being locked.
Marshal M. Rosenthal is a technology maven with more than 15 years of editorial experience. A graduate of Brooks Institute of Photography with a Bachelor of Arts in photographic arts, his editorial work has appeared both domestically as well as internationally in publications such as "Home Theater," "Electronic House," "eGear," "Computer and Video Games" and "Digitrends."