How to Play a Region 2 DVD

By Stephen Lilley

A disc that has been coded as "Region 2" can only be played on equipment manufactured in Europe (which is where Region 2 discs are made). If you live in another part of the world (the United States is an example, which is Region 1), you can't immediately put your disc in your DVD player and have it play. This does not mean you are out of luck, however. There are steps you can take to play your Region 2 DVD in other countries.

Step 1

Buy a region-free DVD player. You can find these for affordable prices on websites like Amazon.com. These players do not have region coding, which means they are capable of playing discs from all over the world. They can be handy to have if you travel to different countries a lot and don't want to lose access to your DVD collection.

Step 2

Buy a Region 2 DVD player. Amazon.com has a European website at amazon.co.uk. Here you can buy a Region 2 DVD player and have it shipped to you in whatever country of the world you may live in. This will play your Region 2 DVD.

Step 3

Change your computer DVD drive's region coding. By right clicking on its icon in "My Computer," you can change your DVD drive's region coding from whatever it is currently set at to Region 2. This will allow you to play your Region 2 DVD on your computer. It is important to note, though, that you can only change your DVD drive's region coding five times before you are stuck with whatever it is set at.

Step 4

Make a copy of your disc. It is not illegal to make a copy of a DVD that you legally purchased. Making a copy of it will remove its copy protection, allowing you to play it wherever and with whatever equipment you'd like.