Windows 10 Upgrade : Wheres my CD/DVD Drive Gone?

22 Sep

One of my friends contacted me the other day with a problem he’d had for a while now.  Ever since he’d upgraded to Windows 10 he wasn’t able to burn any music, let alone see his DVD drive in Windows.

So another one of the minor issues with Windows 10 upgrades, but easily fixed.  Microsoft have issued a knowledge base article for this, and other related CD/DVD issues which can be found here.

The problem here was the drive not being seen at all  In this instance the registry keys hadn’t been created at all, so fixing it required heading into the registry to make some changes.  The usual obligitory note on editing the registry: Serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly – on your head be it – this post is “as is” and we’re not responsible for any problems that may occur.

This is direct from the knowledge base as I personally couldn’t explain it any better – resolutuion 4 to be precise. To create the missing registry subkey, follow these steps:

  1. Press the Windows logo key + R to open the Run box.
  2. Type regedit in the Run box, then press Enter. If you are prompted for an administrator password or for a confirmation, type the password, or click Allow
  3. In the navigation pane, locate the following registry subkey:
  4. Right-click atapi, point to New, then click Key.
  5. Type Controller0, and then press Enter.
  6. Right-click Controller0, point to New, and then click DWORD(32-bit) Value .
  7. Type EnumDevice1, and then press Enter.
  8. Right-click EnumDevice1, click Modify….
  9. Type 1 in the Value data box, and then click OK.
  10. Exit Registry Editor.
  11. Restart the computer.

After the restart – there’s your CD/DVD drive is available again in device manager….

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