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Solved cant change region code for my dvd multi recorder drive

February 22, 2014 at 13:01:19
Specs: Windows 8.1, Intel DualCPO 2GHZ
I recently installed Windows 8 and then did the upgrade to Windows 8.1. I then bought Office 365 and started using it. I need to burn some DVDs and the computer does not recognize the DVDs. I then saw that it is setup with Region 2 (which I think is PAL format) and does not allow me to change the region . I searched the net (for hours!) and was told to download a program that will tell me if I can change the regiĆ³n. However, that program wont run because it says that the WNASPI32.DLL file is missing and needs the ASPI layer to communicate with the drive. I found many links to "scan and fix the registry", to "download the WNSAPI32.DLL file", but they are either phony, or dont work at all, or I just dont know how to use them. I also found links on "what to do" but they are no clear. I have now spent two full days trying to solve this... HELP!

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February 22, 2014 at 15:24:11
Regions have nothing to do with the format of the DVD player. Region 2 is for Europe, Middle East, Egypt, Japan, South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, Greenland, French Overseas departments and territories

A full listing for regions can be found here:

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February 22, 2014 at 16:37:33
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Out of interest; Burning apart - do these movies otherwise play ok on your PC?

Is this a case of your media player not allowing you to play movies coded for another region?
Maybe Win8 is locked down a bit tighter re DRM.
If using Windows media Player, the inbuilt DRM protection would kick in and protest.
One answer would be to bypass WMP and use another media player, such as VLC player.

If it's the DVD drive itself refusing to play ball, I believe you can change this but it may only you allow you to change regions a small number of times before locking you out. You could end up stuck in a mode you don't want.
Some drives, may be capable of being tweaked to go region-free, but more detailed info needed re make/model of drive.

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February 23, 2014 at 04:38:43
This may be usable on your version.

DVDFab Region Reset

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