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1. Purchase software capable of playing DVD's
PowerDVD6 PowerDVD is one of the most popular playback software for DVDs. The interface makes it easy for almost anyone to use and provides plenty of features. Price: $44.95 for the standard edition and $62.95 for the deluxe edition
Ulead DVD Player Another popular player that has plenty of features and plays both commercial DVDs and back-ups. Along with all the features, Ulead will also give a lighter load on your wallet. Price: $29.95
Cliprex Cliprex is right for you if you're looking for good DVD playing software that's free! Cliprex is built off of Directx 9.0 and will play many other formats that you have installed on your PC. You can download the player here and you can download a codec pack containing many various codecs here.
Mod note: be aware that the current version of this product requires a "toolbar" installation as part of the player installation. We DO NOT recommend using this, as most of these insidious toolbars are loaded with spyware or trojans. Install at your own risk. 14-Jun-2006
2. Setting your DVD Region
In order to play DVD's on your PC, you will also need to set your region. You will need to go to your Device Manager to do so.
For Windows XP users:
-Go to start -> Control Panel
-Switch to Classic View if not already selected and open the Administrative Tools folder.
-From there, open Computer Management.
-Select Device Manager from the left frame when the Computer Management window opens up and click on the + near the DVD/CD-Rom drives section. Find your DVD-Rom from the new list that pops under.
-Right click the DVD-Rom and select Properties.
-Before you do anything else, put in a DVD that is from the region you plan to select into your DVD-Rom.
-Once a new window pops up (pictured above), select the DVD Region tab.
-From there, select the country for the DVD's you want to play.
Note: Make sure to choose what region you want to play wisely as you only have 5 chances to select a region! After you select a 5th region, you will not be allowed to change again. This can't be bypassed by reinstalling Windows or putting your DVD-Rom in another PC!
Once you're done with that, you should be able to play DVD's on your PC. If you are still having problems doing so, consult the manual that came with your DVD-Rom or contact the manufacturer. Also make sure to check all connections and your jumper settings.