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Xbox One - Buying from Other Regions *WITH* A VPN (Virtual Private Network)

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You will need: Xbox One/Xbox One S Ethernet Cable Laptop or PC with Connected Internet VPN (Covered in the instructions) Step 1: Acquire a VPN Service Free services are available, but data caps and s… Read More
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4m, 3w agoPosted 4 months, 3 weeks ago
You will need:
Xbox One/Xbox One S
Ethernet Cable
Laptop or PC with Connected Internet
VPN (Covered in the instructions)

Step 1: Acquire a VPN Service
Free services are available, but data caps and service speeds can be restricting. So use at your discretion.
For the purpose of this guide, I will using VPNSecure as my example. I purchased from StackSocial for $39 which was roughly £30 after fees etc.

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Step 2: Log into VPNSecure and download the VPN Client and the Settings File.
Settings file will need to be moved from your “Downloads” to;
C:\Program Files\VPNSecureMe\lib\config
Once its there, right click and Extract All to the same location.

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Step 3: Launch VPNSecure and under settings turn off “Leak Fix” and check “Save Username and Password”. Check VPNSecure is working. Pick a random region and make sure it connects and the IP appears correctly.

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Step 4: Important. Restart your laptop/pc and this will make sure all programs/drivers are fully installed.

Step 5: On your laptop/pc, open “Network & Sharing Center”. Then (left menu) select “Change Adapter Settings”.

Step 6: Plug in your Xbox One/Xbox One S to the laptop/pc (whilst the Xbox is on).

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Step 7: A new “Local Area Connection” will appear on your list (back on your laptop/pc). For ease, right click and rename to something more appropriate (like “Xbox One”).

Step 8: Right Click whatever Local Area Connection has the adapter “TAP-Windows Adapter V9” listed at the bottom, and select “Properties”. Under the “Sharing” tab, tick the top box (“Allow other networks…”) and from the drop down menu, select “Xbox One”. Then click OK.

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Step 9: Restart your laptop – and in the meantime…

Step 10: Set your Xbox Region to whatever region you’re about to buy from, then on the far right hand side, select “Restart Xbox”. But before you reset;

{Steps 11-21 Continued in Comment/Post 1}
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4m, 3w agoPosted 4 months, 3 weeks ago
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Step 11: If you haven’t already go to https://account.microsoft.com/ and add a payment method for the region of choice. In this example, ive selected “Mexico” and it automatically updates the available methods. Credit Card or Paypal in this example, so for ease, I selected PayPal.
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Step 12: Payment method set up, Xbox & laptop/pc both reset and standing by. So now select the region on the VPN on your laptop/pc

Step 13: Plug the Ethernet cable into the Xbox One and the laptop/pc.

Step 14: Allow a couple of minutes for the Xbox to update itself. To ensure seamless purchasing, go to “Check Network Connection” on the Xbox. This will identify any common faults like DNS/DHCP errors/problems. But if you’ve followed the above, there shouldn’t be any problems!

Step 15: Xbox successfully connected to Xbox Live (Mexico), navigate to the Store (note everything will now be in the language of your region, even if you left the Xbox Language to English) and select the game you want. Note it will be displaying in the currency of your chosen region.
http://i.imgur.com/JdMoOqE.jpg

Step 16: Complete the purchase by selecting a method (previously set in Step 11) and click OK. Purchase completes.

Step 17: Unplug Ethernet from laptop/pc. Disconnect VPN from region (so your laptop/pc is back to GB).

Step 18: Change Xbox region back to United Kingdom and click restart and quickly…
[If you usually connect your Xbox via Ethernet]

Step 19: Plug in your local/actual Ethernet cable into the Xbox.

Step 20: If using WiFi, then await your Xbox a restart (which can actually take some time when switching regions). Then log into Xbox Live once again.

Step 21: Find game in (United Kingdom) store and click download.

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Edited By: Silhouette on Jan 29, 2017 21:34: Edited for Formatting
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Reserved.
1 Like #3
Top guide mate you can't fail with this one!

Your efforts and time as always are much appreciated

Edited By: Maverick_TF on Jan 29, 2017 22:12
1 Like #4
isnt it better if you just set the router so it connects to a vpn service and that way all devices and connections are going through a vpn automatically? I know not all routers can do this but if you got yourself the right router that supports it then surely this way would be better
#5
Feel free to put a guide together explaining that method of you want?
#6
Would using this method mean the Xbox would use the VPN but the PC wouldnt ?
1 Like #7
DCFC79
Would using this method mean the Xbox would use the VPN but the PC wouldnt ?


The PC, if you then decided to browse the Internet, would indeed be going through the VPN.

I forgot to turn it off and tried posting here and it'll automatically queued it because my IP would have looked "hella" suspicious.
#8
Silhouette
DCFC79
Would using this method mean the Xbox would use the VPN but the PC wouldnt ?


The PC, if you then decided to browse the Internet, would indeed be going through the VPN.

I forgot to turn it off and tried posting here and it'll automatically queued it because my IP would have looked "hella" suspicious.


Thanks, useful to know.
#9
I'd be careful it seems the enforcement team on Xbox are on a rampage this year suspending and banning people for the slightest ,if any ,little thing I got banned for 2 months for theft earlier this month despite having not even logged into my Xbox account since July.
#10
Excellent work!
#11
vocare88
I'd be careful it seems the enforcement team on Xbox are on a rampage this year suspending and banning people for the slightest ,if any ,little thing I got banned for 2 months for theft earlier this month despite having not even logged into my Xbox account since July.

I know a lot of people got banned for doing the FIFA Points trick as soon as Microsoft cottoned on to it.

However, like a lot of people say, we're still legally buying licences to play the games - but from different markets.

My logic has always been that I could be flying to India (taking my Xbox with me) and buying it whilst I was over there on a weeks secondment... Then flying home. Doesnt mean id have to return the game.

Licences are licences.

However, im setting myself up for a fall here haha #FamousLastWords
#12
Dan__
isnt it better if you just set the router so it connects to a vpn service and that way all devices and connections are going through a vpn automatically? I know not all routers can do this but if you got yourself the right router that supports it then surely this way would be better
Yes, that for some might be an all round more straightforward solution, but this guide is more 'all-inclusive' (So long as your Laptop/PC has wifi [or a second ethernet port])
#13
gjgbarclay
Dan__
isnt it better if you just set the router so it connects to a vpn service and that way all devices and connections are going through a vpn automatically? I know not all routers can do this but if you got yourself the right router that supports it then surely this way would be better
Yes, that for some might be an all round more straightforward solution, but this guide is more 'all-inclusive' (So long as your Laptop/PC has wifi [or a second ethernet port])

I cant do this though, as I need to fiddle at the laptop/pc end, because other people will use the WiFi - so I dont want them to be affected (along with my phone, connected to the WiFi which I was using to google fixes as I was going along. Wouldnt want that going through Mexico everytime I tried searching) :D
#14
gjgbarclay
Dan__
isnt it better if you just set the router so it connects to a vpn service and that way all devices and connections are going through a vpn automatically? I know not all routers can do this but if you got yourself the right router that supports it then surely this way would be better
Yes, that for some might be an all round more straightforward solution, but this guide is more 'all-inclusive' (So long as your Laptop/PC has wifi [or a second ethernet port])

Oh ok cool. Was just making sure, I've been off the scene for a while.
Good guide, looks like you went through some effort there! I'm sure most will appreciate it.

Keep up the great work :)
#15
Silhouette
gjgbarclay
Dan__
isnt it better if you just set the router so it connects to a vpn service and that way all devices and connections are going through a vpn automatically? I know not all routers can do this but if you got yourself the right router that supports it then surely this way would be better
Yes, that for some might be an all round more straightforward solution, but this guide is more 'all-inclusive' (So long as your Laptop/PC has wifi [or a second ethernet port])
I cant do this though, as I need to fiddle at the laptop/pc end, because other people will use the WiFi - so I dont want them to be affected (along with my phone, connected to the WiFi which I was using to google fixes as I was going along. Wouldnt want that going through Mexico everytime I tried searching) :D

Yeah, I'm the same, don't want to mess with the main router... I did dd-wrt a router once upon a time and use it as a wifi extender, could maybe dust that off and look into it, but I'm happy with this method/process. Simple to follow and get whats going on, should take 10mins tops depending on restarts. I've just gotta hope revolut works for me when I try again this week.

(Allthough to get vyprvpn working, I followed their support instructions and uninstalled and reinstalled 2010/2012 C++ packages and now theres a repeated error on login to the girlfriends laptop everytime. That didn't go down well)
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Cheap game here to test the process - £2.45 Argentina http://xbox-store-checker.com/en/game/compare/Sixty-Second-Shooter-Prime/c2gln6khj6sz 1000G too I think. I'm testing with Kalimba DLC.
#17
Still no joy for me tonight. Confirmed IP address on Edge browser, same Cross Region error. Revolut and RBS CC
#18
Worked with Mexico and Paypal...
#19
gjgbarclay
Still no joy for me tonight. Confirmed IP address on Edge browser, same Cross Region error. Revolut and RBS CC
may also depend on the type of vpn, try changing vpn
#20
gjgbarclay
Worked with Mexico and Paypal...


Which VPN did you use? I'm yet to extensively try all the regions.

I know the previous gained success with a Clarity Card (from Halifax). I'm tempted to use my card and take the fee hit (its usually £1-2, so manageable when saving a further £20 off even Russian prices).

I know Revolut is temperamental as well as when you contact their chat they always used to say that Microsoft isn't a valid client or whatever their little party line was :)
#21
Silhouette
gjgbarclay
Worked with Mexico and Paypal...
Which VPN did you use? I'm yet to extensively try all the regions.
I know the previous gained success with a Clarity Card (from Halifax). I'm tempted to use my card and take the fee hit (its usually £1-2, so manageable when saving a further £20 off even Russian prices).
I know Revolut is temperamental as well as when you contact their chat they always used to say that Microsoft isn't a valid client or whatever their little party line was :)

VyprVPN. Free 500MB. Argentina server. Will maybe give another a try

For testing (and probably ongoing) I was happy to use my RBS CC (2.75%) fee, I'd still definitely be saving enough to make it worth it. Not super keen to get another credit card at the moment. I'll try one of my other couple (balance transfer cards).

That's poor show from Revolut. Cowboys! :)
#22
gjgbarclay
Silhouette
gjgbarclay
Worked with Mexico and Paypal...
Which VPN did you use? I'm yet to extensively try all the regions.
I know the previous gained success with a Clarity Card (from Halifax). I'm tempted to use my card and take the fee hit (its usually £1-2, so manageable when saving a further £20 off even Russian prices).
I know Revolut is temperamental as well as when you contact their chat they always used to say that Microsoft isn't a valid client or whatever their little party line was :)
VyprVPN. Free 500MB. Argentina server. Will maybe give another a try
For testing (and probably ongoing) I was happy to use my RBS CC (2.75%) fee, I'd still definitely be saving enough to make it worth it. Not super keen to get another credit card at the moment. I'll try one of my other couple (balance transfer cards).
That's poor show from Revolut. Cowboys! :)

Just playing catch up, are you saying you can't get Argentina to work with VyprVPN and Revolut? If so, try connecting to Vietnam, thats what I got it working on, Argentina server doesn't work for me either

If I have the wrong end of the stick then ignore me, not had my coffee yet X)
#23
Maverick_TF
gjgbarclay
Silhouette
gjgbarclay
Worked with Mexico and Paypal...
Which VPN did you use? I'm yet to extensively try all the regions.
I know the previous gained success with a Clarity Card (from Halifax). I'm tempted to use my card and take the fee hit (its usually £1-2, so manageable when saving a further £20 off even Russian prices).
I know Revolut is temperamental as well as when you contact their chat they always used to say that Microsoft isn't a valid client or whatever their little party line was :)
VyprVPN. Free 500MB. Argentina server. Will maybe give another a try
For testing (and probably ongoing) I was happy to use my RBS CC (2.75%) fee, I'd still definitely be saving enough to make it worth it. Not super keen to get another credit card at the moment. I'll try one of my other couple (balance transfer cards).
That's poor show from Revolut. Cowboys! :)
Just playing catch up, are you saying you can't get Argentina to work with VyprVPN and Revolut? If so, try connecting to Vietnam, thats what I got it working on, Argentina server doesn't work for me either
If I have the wrong end of the stick then ignore me, not had my coffee yet X)

Yes, thats my issue.

I'll try Vietnam server/Argentina Store and Payment location tonight (Although those Cowboys at Revolut now have two 21p payments from me!)
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Also guys, its worth trying a Travelex card, I haven't tested this on these purchases yet but its basically a credit card what links to your debit card, so any purchases made deduct the balance from your Debit card but without the exchange fees.

Will try mine at some point and feedback, I have it set up for India currently but am yet to see anything worth purchasing

Edited By: Maverick_TF on Jan 31, 2017 09:18
#25
Maverick_TF
Also guys, its worth trying a Travelex card, I haven't tested this on these purchases yet but its basically a credit card what links to your debit card, so any purchases made deduct the balance from your Debit card but without the exchange fees.
Will try mine at some point and feedback, I have it set up for India currently but am yet to see anything worth purchasing

Got a link for the Travelex card? Is it this? https://www.travelex.co.uk/services/supercard

The other two 'passports' both seem to be preloaders, one has a 2.5% fee.

Cheers
#26
Sorry, late to the party - Its Vietnam for Argentina.

Will be trying to tonight on my set-up (from the pictures).
#27
gjgbarclay
Maverick_TF
Also guys, its worth trying a Travelex card, I haven't tested this on these purchases yet but its basically a credit card what links to your debit card, so any purchases made deduct the balance from your Debit card but without the exchange fees.
Will try mine at some point and feedback, I have it set up for India currently but am yet to see anything worth purchasing
Got a link for the Travelex card? Is it this? https://www.travelex.co.uk/services/supercard
The other two 'passports' both seem to be preloaders, one has a 2.5% fee.
Cheers

Yep Supercard is the one, it basically just links to your Debit card and you can download an app which shows you the purchases made and the savings etc

https://www.travelex.co.uk/services/supercard
#28
Not 100% on if the Supercard works yet, but will try when I see something cheap enough to test on for India...

If not it can still be used to purchase gift cards from sites what make you pay in foreign currency, e.g. Evopoints etc etc
#29
Silhouette

I know Revolut is temperamental as well as when you contact their chat they always used to say that Microsoft isn't a valid client or whatever their little party line was :)

Yeah I am still having issues with cross region error too. I contacted Revolut today and they say it may not work as the billing address for the card is registered to a UK address. So yes although you can use it to make payments in different currencies etc Microsoft may not accept international cards.

I queried why people were able to get this to work and they didnt really have an answer for that so yes it does seem like it is very hit and miss as to whether it will work or not.
#30
Apologies if this is a long post ... I just wanted to check a few things. Ok so I have noticed something odd that happens when I add a new payment method via the MS accounts site. It seems that it accepts the address details and the card but seems to show that the region is wrong when I add more than one additional payment method.

Here is a screenshot showing just my UK payment option (tied to my xbox live and EA access) using my UK credit card. I also have the Revolut card set up for India.

http://imgur.com/jCcugNf

and here is the India card showing the details from the Billing Info page (Payment & Billing - Billing Info) which looks correct also.

http://imgur.com/fyiC4iM

However if I then add another payment option (I added Mexico) it seems to go through the process and accept the payment option but the "For purchases in" field still seems to show India for some reason. If I click on Edit Information the Country/Region shows India and it is greyed out so I cant chnage it at all.

http://imgur.com/xWtVGSN

I am wondering if the reason I cant get this to work is because somehow my payment options are screwed up and maybe I need to just remove all my payment options and start again.

Can anyone else see all their added payment options together when they go to accounts.microsoft.com. It shows I have several payment options so I click Update and then all I see is like the screenshots above. It only ever seems to show a maximum of 2 added cards.

The other question I add is as I have my UK card registered which is the one my EA access is tied too would it be possible that when I try to purcahse Mass Effect Andromeda at the discounted EA Access price that it is also checking my UK card and thus failing with cross region error.

Both myself and a friend at work have exactly the same issue. We both have a UK card that we initially used for xbox live and EA access and then our revolut cards for other regions. Both of us have the same issue with the new payment methods showing the wrong region on the main screen but showing correctly when looking at the Billing Info.

Any ideas??
#31
g4v1n2

Can anyone else see all their added payment options together when they go to accounts.microsoft.com. It shows I have several payment options so I click Update and then all I see is like the screenshots above. It only ever seems to show a maximum of 2 added cards.

I had paypal for uk.

I then added 2 credit cards for argentina.

All three were shown.

I then added the same paypal for Mexico, now the same three are shown, except Paypal is only 'For Mexico'. I've not tried buying from uk store since but just thought that was weird.
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Ah, I think 3 might be the magic number, because I know for a fact I have *EVERY* billing region set-up, but when I check now, I have Mexico (PayPal), UK (Revolut) and UK (My Personal VISA). Not showing any others.

If I add Argentina --- Mexico disappears.

So do you have to continually add/remove addresses as you come and go. Because its actually a payment going through (and not credit purchases), I think therefore the address has to be MINT. I heard a lot of people just getting the Post Code right - but from experience way-back-when when we used to pay straight with card, it had to be 100%, i.e. Province, street and telephone number (hence the use of the Google HQ listings).

Ill hopefully get a chance to try Argentina/Vietnam tonight with Revolut and then with my "oh hell with the charges" my VISA card.
#33
Silhouette
Ah, I think 3 might be the magic number, because I know for a fact I have *EVERY* billing region set-up, but when I check now, I have Mexico (PayPal), UK (Revolut) and UK (My Personal VISA). Not showing any others.
If I add Argentina --- Mexico disappears.
So do you have to continually add/remove addresses as you come and go. Because its actually a payment going through (and not credit purchases), I think therefore the address has to be MINT. I heard a lot of people just getting the Post Code right - but from experience way-back-when when we used to pay straight with card, it had to be 100%, i.e. Province, street and telephone number (hence the use of the Google HQ listings).
Ill hopefully get a chance to try Argentina/Vietnam tonight with Revolut and then with my "oh hell with the charges" my VISA card.

I deleted Revolut for argentina (Because it has now charged me 21p 4 times!) and added Paypal for UK. Now only 2 methods are displayed, one remaining CC and paypal for UK. So you maybe can't have multiple paypals listed.
#34
Silhouette
Ah, I think 3 might be the magic number, because I know for a fact I have *EVERY* billing region set-up, but when I check now, I have Mexico (PayPal), UK (Revolut) and UK (My Personal VISA). Not showing any others.

If I add Argentina --- Mexico disappears.

So do you have to continually add/remove addresses as you come and go. Because its actually a payment going through (and not credit purchases), I think therefore the address has to be MINT. I heard a lot of people just getting the Post Code right - but from experience way-back-when when we used to pay straight with card, it had to be 100%, i.e. Province, street and telephone number (hence the use of the Google HQ listings).

Ill hopefully get a chance to try Argentina/Vietnam tonight with Revolut and then with my "oh hell with the charges" my VISA card.

when you added Argentina does the country it is supposed to be tied to show correctly?

as when i added revolut for Mexico it appeared to add correctly but then India disappeared and the newly added mexico address details showed India as the country to be used with.

However If I check all my accounts I have setup via Payment & Billing - Billing Info then the India and Mexico ones are shown with the correct addresses and country/regions.

check the links in my post above and you can see what i mean.

Edited By: g4v1n2 on Jan 31, 2017 17:18
#35
Is there anyway you can still buy without going via your xbox?

I was previously using revolut and opera browser with the built in vpn via Canada. It was working a treat as Canada has been one of the more consistently cheaper regions of late. But I tried again yesterday and it failed with the expected cross region error.

Has anybody tried recently using the browser/vpn/paypal combo?
#36
Joefez
Is there anyway you can still buy without going via your xbox?

I was previously using revolut and opera browser with the built in vpn via Canada. It was working a treat as Canada has been one of the more consistently cheaper regions of late. But I tried again yesterday and it failed with the expected cross region error.

Has anybody tried recently using the browser/vpn/paypal combo?


Wow, I thought the "Vintage VPN" method died a long while back. Maybe Canada is like Hungary and plays by its own rules :)

But no, buying direct from MS through a VPN hasn't been around a while. We've been directly buying credit cross region, but even that has now died a death!
#37
Silhouette

Wow, I thought the "Vintage VPN" method died a long while back. Maybe Canada is like Hungary and plays by its own rules :)
But no, buying direct from MS through a VPN hasn't been around a while. We've been directly buying credit cross region, but even that has now died a death!

Cheers for the update. I guess Canada is finally towing the new party line! :(

Am I right in thinking that if you can obtain the region credit (by hook or by crook), you have to switch your xbox to that region, and use a vpn to redeem the credit?

Thanks for all the info by the way. Have been following your threads since the beginning and have saved quite a bit of cash in the process :)
#38
Joefez
Silhouette

Wow, I thought the "Vintage VPN" method died a long while back. Maybe Canada is like Hungary and plays by its own rules :)
But no, buying direct from MS through a VPN hasn't been around a while. We've been directly buying credit cross region, but even that has now died a death!

Cheers for the update. I guess Canada is finally towing the new party line! :(

Am I right in thinking that if you can obtain the region credit (by hook or by crook), you have to switch your xbox to that region, and use a vpn to redeem the credit?

Thanks for all the info by the way. Have been following your threads since the beginning and have saved quite a bit of cash in the process :)


No, you switch the region on the store on your phone/computer. Buy it off Chrome etc. Then just buy it and redeem the credit during the purchase process. (See the other thread) ;)
#39
Can I use my IPhone; as a personal hotspot, with VPN Unlimited?

Are there any extra steps, other than those listed below?

1. Set VPN & Xbox One to correct region.
2. Connect Xbox One via wi-fi to IPhone.
3. Buy game direct on Xbox One

Would I be able to purchase games with my card directly or do I still have to buy the Xbox regional Credit?

Edited By: GaryE2000 on Feb 02, 2017 16:15
#40
GaryE2000
Can I use my IPhone; as a personal hotspot, with VPN Unlimited
No. Jail broken, maybe. But standard IOS doesn't allow you to channel hotspot using devices through the vpn

Edited By: gjgbarclay on Feb 02, 2017 22:38

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