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  • The Complete Region-free Guide

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    Making Your Software DVD Player Region-Free DVD DIGEST

      Making your software DVD player region free is actually quite easy. While strictly speaking, most of the tools below (except for DVD Region Killer and DVD Region-Free) aren't really making your software DVD player region free, but rather, giving you the ability to change the region settings of these players without decreasing the region-change counter, effectively allowing to change the region settings of the software DVD player for an unlimited number of times. Please note that your DVD-ROM drive will need to be region-free before any of the tools below will work.

      If you are using ATI Select or DVD Genie, what you should do is that everytime you want to play a DVD movie, first check which region it is from, and then go into ATI Select/DVD Genie to change the region setting of your software DVD player to match the region of the movie. Do this everytime you play a DVD that doesn't match your player's current region settings, and you should be able to do this for an unlimited number of times (hence, become region-free).

      Below are a list of the most popular software DVD players, and the tools you will need to use to make them region-free (or change their region settings for an unlimited number of times) :


      Software DVD Player : Region-free Tool :
      All Software DVD Players If your software DVD player list not listed below, or you don't want to change region settings everytime you want to play a DVD from another region, then you could try the DVD Region Killer or the DVD Region-Free or the Pro version of DVDIdle, which automatically intercepts the region detection system, and allows you to playback any DVDs (a region-free DVD-ROM drive is required for DVD Region Killer, but not for DVD Region-Free). Note that this will not work for every DVD/Software DVD player, but may be worth a try.
      ATI DVD Player
    • ATI Select

    • or
    • DVD Genie - under the "Cinemaster" section
    • Creative soft-DVD
    • DVD Genie - under the "WinDVD" section
    • Cool DVD Soft
    • DVD Genie - under the "Other" -> "CoolDVD" section
    • DirectDVD Not really a "full" DVD player, but rather uses any DirectShow DVD filters (eg. Intervideo WinDVD DirectShow filters) it can find on your system to playback DVDs. You'll have to change the region settings of the DirectShow DVD filters (eg. if it uses the Intervideo WinDVD DirectShow filters, then change the region settings of WinDVD), and perhaps also the Windows internal region setting (see below for more instructions).
      Lumenati Not really a "full" DVD player, but rather uses any DirectShow DVD filters (eg. Intervideo WinDVD DirectShow filters) it can find on your system to playback DVDs. You'll have to change the region settings of the DirectShow DVD filters (eg. if it uses the Intervideo WinDVD DirectShow filters, then change the region settings of WinDVD), and perhaps also the Windows internal region setting (see below for more instructions).
      MGI SoftDVD
    • DVD Genie - under the "Other" -> "SoftDVD" section
    • PowerDVD
    • DVD Genie - under the "PowerDVD" section
    • ShowShifter Not really a "full" DVD player, but rather uses any DirectShow DVD filters (eg. Intervideo WinDVD DirectShow filters) it can find on your system to playback DVDs. You'll have to change the region settings of the DirectShow DVD filters (eg. if it uses the Intervideo WinDVD DirectShow filters, then change the region settings of WinDVD), and perhaps also the Windows internal region setting (see below for more instructions).
      soft-Cinemaster Player Version 1.6, 98, 99 :
    • DVD Genie - under the "Cinemaster" section


    • Version 2000 or newer :
    • DVD Genie - under the "Cinemaster" section and also need to change the Windows internal region setting (see below for more instructions)
    • VaroDVD
    • DVD Genie - under the "VaroDVD" section
    • WinDVD
    • DVD Genie - under the "WinDVD" section


    • From the DVD Genie Readme :
      Certain versions of WinDVD (2.6x and 3.0) were set to use the Windows region code instead of the internal WinDVD code. I've added a new setting to restore WinDVD to using it's internal region code (which is preferable). You can access this by enabling the "Force Internal Region Code" checkbox.
      XingDVD
    • DVD Genie - under the "Other" -> "XingDVD" section
    • Windows Internal Region Setting
    • DVD Genie - under the "Windows" section


    • Instructions :
      1. Select a region key (eg. Win98+ [C:1000000]), and click on the "Export" button. This saves the key in a .reg file, which you can run later to backup your region setting if something goes wrong.
      2. Select the key and press the "Erase" button to erase it.
      3. Windows 95/98 will automatically re-generate this region key the next time you play a DVD movie, so you won't have to do anything else.
      4. However, if you are using Windows 98 SE or Me, then you'll have to click on the "More Options" button and select a region setting there and press the "Apply" button.
      5. If you are using Windows 2000, more instructions can be found here



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