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Windows 7: US DVD in Europe

28 Jul 2011   #1

Windows 7 32 Bit Ultimate
US DVD in Europe

Hello all,

I have a question that I need to provide a answer to a friend overseas. I have a DVD that was made for US audiences. I wanted to send the Cd to a friend in Europe but they can not play the DVD. I wanted to ask for any suggestions that could be help resolve the problem. One if the region settings were changed to US and then reboot the computer, would that work? Any other ideas are appreciated.

Thank you

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28 Jul 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit

Welcome to Windows Seven Forums.

You can change the region to the USA from Europe, but of course, if you do that you won't be able to play DVDs from Europe.

I believe you are only allowed the change the DVD player's region settings five times so it's not a practical solution.

DVD region code - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

There are ways round the problem if you're hacked off with it - Google is your friend.
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28 Jul 2011   #3

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Win 10 Pro x64

Here's some info and possible help with that,

Region free tools - Downloads
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28 Jul 2011   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Probably not.

US DVDs are in NTSC format, while European DVDs use PAL format.

Not only are there region locks, but resolution and framerates are bit different.
US DVD is 720x480 at 29.97 FPS
PAL DVD is 720x576 at 25FPS.

Im not entirely sure if changing the region would help, never tried it, but I doubt it.
But I do know these are the differences that may pose a issue for the player itself.

There are however, 2 options to work around it, if all else fails.

One is to watch it on the PC. PC should not have a problem playing either or. In this case, a region change should work.

Or, if they know anything about video encoding, copy the disc to thier PC.
Then, convert it to PAL format (with something like Nero for example) and burn to a DVD so it can be played in a home player.

So long as you have the original copy of the disc,and its only for personal use, you should be OK going this route.
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