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Figure 5-9. Viewing the encoded DVD region

Another tricky feature when burning DVD discs is the region code. Most DVDs are encoded to play in specific regions. In the United States, your DVD player is most likely set to work with Region 1-encoded discs. If you move to another country because of deployment, transfer, or whatever, you may find that you need to change the region code on your computer's DVD-ROM drive. You can do this by right-clicking the DVDROM drive in Device Manager, selecting Properties, and then clicking the DVD Region tab, as shown in Figure 5-9. On the DVD Region tab, select a country or geographic region and then click OK.

You can change your DVD-ROM drive only a limited number of times, as per the "Changes remaining" value (see Figure 5-9). When the "Changes remaining" value reaches zero, you cannot change the region even if you reinstall Windows or move the DVD drive to a different computer.

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