DVDs are usually assigned to specific geographical areas. A Region 1 (US) disc will not play in a Region 2 DVD player (Europe). You can change DVD playback region in Windows so that you can play a disc from a different region.
How to change DVD playback region in Windows 10
Before we begin, keep in mind that you can only change regions a certain number of times (usually 5 times). Your DVD drive will then be locked to the current region. Even if you reinstall Windows or use the drive with another PC, you won’t be able to change the region again. It’s also worth noting that some DVD playback software may completely ignore region locking. Finally, while titles from major publishers are almost always region-locked, not every DVD will be.
Changing the region of your DVD player is a hidden option in Windows. Start by pressing the Win+E keyboard shortcut to open File Explorer. Using the left navigation pane, go to the “This PC” screen.
Find your DVD drive under “Devices and drives.” Select “Properties” from the context menu by right-clicking it.
Switch to the “Hardware” tab in the Properties popup. Select your DVD drive from the “All disk drives” list, then click the “Properties” button at the bottom of the popup.
Switch to the “DVD Region” tab after pressing the “Change settings” button on the next screen. You can see your current region and the number of region changes you have left in this section. Select your country from the list and then press the “OK” button to change the region.
If you have any remaining region changes, Windows will apply the new region to your drive. You can now use it to play DVDs that are region-locked. Discs from your previous region will no longer play with region-locked software.