Thursday, October 3, 2013

Fix DVD Drive Detection Problem In Windows 8

The bungling of such a simple feature that heretofore was with minimal flaws, makes Microsoft seem negligent. Essentially, the user cannot play or access a CD or DVD, because the drive is not displayed in Windows Explorer or even in the Device Manager. This Windows 8 issue may occur if the OS installed is corrupted, or a previous version of it is updated.
Though the root causes are yet unknown, there are a few possible fixes for this issue. The same are listed below for the convenience of the Windows users who face this issue.

Method 1
  • Run the command prompt from the Start menu in Windows. Do this with the administrator rights. When the User account access dialog appears, click YES. Alternatively, refer the Windows 8 guide for other methods to launch a program with admin rights.
  • When prompted, paste the following code:
  • reg.exe add "HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\atapi\Controller0" /f /v EnumDevice1 /t REG_DWORD /d 0×00000001
  • Close the command prompt and restart the computer. The issue must be repaired by now.
If the above procedure does not work for you, then continue to the next method.
Method 2
If you are too lazy to open the command prompt and get the code in, try using a free utility to induce the detection of the CD or DVD drive by the system. CD-DVD Icon Repair is one such tool that can be downloaded freely from the internet. It is a portable software that works to make Windows recognize the presence of the CD or DVD drive on the system. Though it was primarily designed for use with Windows 7, it is seen to run effectively and without problems on the Windows 8 OS also. All you need to do is launch the software, and when you have done this, click on the Repair CD-DVD Icon button. This’ll fix the problem after you have restarted the PC.
These are the main fixes to the issue with the DVD drive detection in Windows 8. For further queries or assistance, you can contact the Microsoft Support Center.

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