Fix: DVD Drive Not Detected In Windows 8

One of the common issues many Windows 8 CP users are experiencing is missing optical drive icon. According to users, after installing the operating system or upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 8, Windows 8 doesn’t recognize the DVD drive. Because of this the DVD drive is not appearing neither in Windows Explorer or nor in Device Manager.

Even though we are not sure about the root cause of the issue, you can try out of the the possible fixes given to restore the missing DVD drive in Explorer.

NOTE: If you have installed Windows 8 on a newly assembled computer and experiencing the problem, we suggest you check optical drive cables for loose connections before following any of the given methods.

Method 1:

Step 1: Launch Command Prompt with administrator rights. To do this, switch to Start screen, type CMD and then simultaneously press Ctrl + Shift + Enter keys to launch elevated prompt. Click Yes for User Account Control prompt. You can also try other methods mentioned in our how to launch a program with admin privileges in Windows 8 guide.

Step 2: In the elevated prompt, paste or type the following command and press enter key:

reg.exe add “HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\atapi\Controller0″ /f /v EnumDevice1 /t REG_DWORD /d 0×00000001

(You can simply right-click on the prompt and select paste)

DVD Drive Not Detected In Windows 8

Step 3: Exit the Command Prompt, reboot your PC. You should now see the DVD drive in Windows Explorer as well as Device Manager.

Method 2:

For some users the above mentioned procedure may not work. If the above mentioned procedure isn’t working for you or if you are too lazy to open Command Prompt and execute the command, download and run the free utility named CD-DVD Icon Repair (click here to download).

Fix DVD Drive Not Detected In Windows 8

CD-DVD Icon Repair is a portable tool that helps you when Windows doesn’t recognize the CD/DVD drive. Even though the program was designed for Windows 7, it works perfectly fine in Windows 8 as well. Launch the tool, click Repair CD-DVD Icon button and then restart your PC.


  1. John Murphy says

    Windows 8 sucks !!!
    apart from various other instability issues, this is the 3rd or 4th time my CD drive has gone missing.

  2. Amir says

    Just for the record, I’m not lazy, I did try the first one, it didn’t work out, so I tried the second one and luckily the problem is solved. ;)

    But I have to mention, honestly, WINDOWS SUCKS!!! I wish I didn’t have to use it but it is so popular, and every software I can work with is Windows-based.

  3. kishor says

    C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 11.0>

    c:\Windows\System32>reg.exe add “HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\atapi\Co
    ntroller0″ /f /v EnumDevice1 /t REG_DWORD /d 0X00000001
    ERROR: Access is denied.


  4. LEKO says

    Type this:

    reg.exe add “HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\atapi\Controller0″ /f /v EnumDevice1 /t REG_DWORD /d 00000001

    Instead of
    reg.exe add “HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\atapi\Controller0″ /f /v EnumDevice1 /t REG_DWORD /d 0×00000001

    It worked for me!

  5. Ben Fleming says

    After reading all the comments I finally got option 1 to work, BUT after restarting, the drive still doesn’t show up. I really want to like windows 8 but having this issue and others on a 1 month old laptop is starting to piss me right off.

  6. N Felmingham says

    A huge thanks – used option 1, after re-tying the last characters and this worked a treat.

  7. Clevelyn Crichlow says

    Have tried your method without success.
    Is it possible to add it to the registry manually???

  8. sagar says

    i tried the first method but its showing as access deined.

    even though am doing it in administrator.

  9. Sayanta says

    After typing
    [reg.exe add “HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\atapi\Controller0? /f /v EnumDevice1 /t REG_DWORD /d 0×00000001]

    it says-
    ERROR: Invalid Syntax.
    Type “REG ADD /?” for usage.

  10. HD says

    I had the same issue. The second method didn’t work for me.
    And the 1st method DOES work. But you need to re-type the last characters (/d 0×00000001) after pasted into the command prompt.

  11. Jeff Ward says

    Okay, I guess the command I was copying from Felipe had a typo or something, and I didn’t know enough to recognize it.

    I copied and pasted a command from a different site, and that one has worked!

    Thanks for the help!

  12. Jeff Ward says

    Neither solution is working for me.

    I was getting the syntax error when pasting the original command.

    Felipe’s changed command gives me a different error: “Invalid key name”

  13. Ronin says

    Yes it worked at last…

    I had the same issue as writer 3,4 and 5..

    You have to change the last long digits…

    When u copy and paste then at the last where it says:

    /d 0×00000001

    It doesn’t appears as “x” (just after the first 0) on the command prompt(admin).

    If u check then u can see it looks like a another symbol… just delete that symbol and type normal x

    Then it will work when u restart your pc…

    Just did it and it works =)

    Thank you Felipe for the heads up…

  14. Felipe Raabe says

    It worked for me!
    Just one thing
    In your description, you typed “/d 0×00000001″, the correct syntax is “/d 0×00000001″. It’s a “x” and not a “×”, people may been having problems when copying and pasting.

    Try pasting this then:
    reg.exe add “HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\atapi\Controller0″ /f /v EnumDevice1 /t REG_DWORD /d 0×00000001

  15. iswal says

    Not working for me too. My Mashita DVD-RAM UJ890AS is not detected after applying the two methods.

    Any other idea ?

    Thank you for your help.

  16. MIKE says

    not working either

    C:\Windows\system32>reg.exe add “HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\atapi\Co
    ntroller0″ /f /v EnumDevice1 /t REG_DWORD /d 0×00000001
    ERROR: Invalid syntax. Specify valid numeric value for ‘/d’.
    Type “REG ADD /?” for usage.


  17. francesco says

    method #1 isn’t working for me, it says syntax error, enter a valid numeric value for “/d”

  18. Blu Ray Missing says

    My Samsung SATA blu ray drive was missing from device manager and method 1 fixed the problem. Thanks!

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