How To Solve DVD Drive not Showing up in Windows 7/Windows 8

I upgraded the primary OS on my laptop to Windows 8 a few months back. But just last week I found out that my Windows 8 laptop is not showing up the DVD Drive in “My Computer” anymore. Usage of optical drives have reduced a lot since flash drives and high speed Internet have gained popularity. Nonetheless, I was suspecting that there’s a hardware failure or some other issue with my DVD Drive and wanted to fix it soon.

As it turned out later, it wasn’t any hardware failure or serious driver issue that had caused it.

Steps to fix/solve when DVD Drive is not showing up in Windows 8:

1. Log in to Windows with an Admin account

2. In the Windows 8 charms bar/start up screen, search for “cmd”

Either press Ctrl+Shift+Enter or right-click on Command Prompt and click “Run as administrator”cmd-admin

3. When the Command Prompt opens, copy/paste the below and press Enter:

reg.exe add "HKLM\\System\\CurrentControlSet\\Services\\atapi\\Controller0" /f /v EnumDevice1 /t REG_DWORD /d 0x00000001

Now reboot your computer and the problem should be fixed !




Anurag Upadhaya

FOSS enthusiast, I play Counter Strike, blog about Tech, love music, food, drinks and sleep @anytime. And I Google a lot.