DVD Drive Repair is a useful application that allows you to restore your DVD (Optical) Drive if missing from Windows. In some instances, it can also help when certain applications do not recognize your drive; mostly when your computer encountered a hardware problem or a virus attack that prevents it from using the DVD Drive.

When your DVD Drive is not recognized by Windows even if it is functional, normally you consider reinstalling Windows or restoring it to a previously functional version using System Restore. However, this will not be necessary when using this tool. DVD Drive Repair intends to help you avoid taking radical measures that are time consuming and can cost you. Some even attempt to replace the DVD Drive with a new one when these errors occurs.

Before you attempt to get your DVD Drive back, please create a System Restore point first, just for in case something goes wrong. You can create a System Restore Point by clicking on the Click here to create a System Restore Point link on the main program interface. It is also recommended that you update the device firmware to the latest version before attempting to repair the drive. You can do this by clicking on the Update Firmware (FirmwareHQ.com) link.

Using DVD Drive Repair

DVD Drive Repair Build 1050 Screen

Please note: It may be necessary to reinstall any software designed to utilize BD/DVD/CD drives after running DVD Drive Repair. For example, you may have to reinstall your disc burning software. So, Please make sure you have an issue with your devices before continuing.

The interface is very simple and allows you to perform all actions with just a few clicks. You do not have to edit registry keys or go through other complicated settings in order to fix your DVD Drive problems. To repair any DVD Drive errors is Windows, download and run the DVD Drive Repair tool. On the main interface, click on the Repair DVD Drive button. Reboot your computer and check to see if your problem is fixed. If not, it could be a physical hardware problem.

DVD Drive Repair can also reset the Autorun settings to default and protect your system from Autorun malware by disabling autorun features for removable drives. It does not remove the threat, but it can help prevent them from infecting the computer by plugging in an infected storage device.

Download DVD Drive Repair

Windows 10 CompatibleDVD Drive Repair comes in two flavors. A setup for installing DVD Drive to your computer and a portable version for running it straight from a memory stick or portable hard drive. The portable version will not write any settings to the registry or leave any traces on your computer.

Just download whichever you prefer.

Download DVDRepair_1125_Setup.exe (1347473 downloads)
Portable DVDRepair_1125.zip (131185 downloads)
Updated August 26, 2020
File Size 3 MB
License Open Source
Requirements Windows® XP, Vista, 7, 8 / 8.1, 10 (32 and 64 bit)

DVD Drive Repair Changes

  • Fixed: GUIOnEventMode and TrayOnEventMode options had unnecessary slow downs.
  • Fixed: Workarounds added to alleviate slow downs on Windows 10 1809 and later (OS bug/design change).
  • Improved Resolute compatibility.

Source Code

Download DVD Drive Repair source code from the GitHub Repository. To compile (build) the sources, you will need to download and install AutoIt Beta version or later. Download the AutoIt Script Editor (Scite) here to edit the source code.

38 thoughts on “DVD Drive Repair

  1. Bruce W. Williams Reply

    Thanks so very much! After fiddle farting around for hours, this finally worked for me! You rock!

  2. Dennsell Reply

    Didn’t fix my Toshiba qosmio -win 8.1. MS updated .
    Won’t read disks, cd or dvd, Select window only shows burn a disk, dvd is not select’able.
    Cant find a solution anywhere….thank anyway 🙂

  3. Saf Reply

    Not working in my tochiba tab wt8 the dvd hardwear work fine but the dvd cant reader it

  4. ravi Reply

    it worked like magic for me…i wasted a whole day to figure it out at last task completed
    before your method
    1) i uninstalled cd dvd thing from device manager…after that i did find it there in that list so i freaked out.
    .2) the i got in to bios page to check ODD was listed or not… i found it there and i was glad…then i download your zip file and every thing went smooth
    3)other file apart from zip file when i tried to download it…it showed virus presence…just informing you about it.

  5. Anthony Cordwell Reply

    Just gurgled a bit. Didn’t actually do anything at all.

  6. Phil Tobin Reply

    Would’ve loved to follow the example of others here and try out the author’s software, which he has so kindly offered for download here. Unfortunately, I don’t entirely understand the user instructions. My PC’s internal DVD/CD ROM player refuses to operate at the repeated press of the button, and there’s absolutely no sign of its existence in Device Manager nor anywhere else, for that matter.

    It’s because my Windows 7 PC no longer lists ANY DVD/CD ROM drive at all that I’m left bemused by the advice on this page:

    “It is also recommended that you update the device firmware to the latest version before attempting to repair the drive. ”

    As I can’t even see the dratted DVD/CD drive at all, no way can I update the device’s firmware. The problem is and remains: the device is completely invisible, which is why I’m desperately hunting around for some clue as to how to make it visible. Until such happens, I have no idea what make the DVD/CD ROM drive might be or its model number. Actually, if I knew that, then I wouldn’t need to come on here: the drive would be visible in Device Manager anyway.

    So I guess I’d better give up.

    • cuvtixo Reply

      I don’t understand your problem with updating the firmware. You do have to know the make and model, but this can be done by simply physically taking the drive out and looking at the labels. Once you know the make and model, you go to the manufacturer’s support site, find the appropriate firmware on site (or another site if directed to do so), download the app (always a Windows .exe or .zip afaik), click on it, and let it run. If the firmware brings up a complaint about not finding the DVD player, well, then that’s an issue, you may have to scour a README file. But, you don’t actually need to “see” the drive from within Windows. P.S. Microsoft has dropped support for Win 7 completely. Maybe it’s time to look into linux. I recommend Mint for beginners. If you have an opportunity to upgrade to Windows 8 or 8.1, I’d also recommend that over Win10. You technically own Windows OS up to 8.1. You only license Win10, which has disturbing implications. Even so, you retain certain rights when upgrading as opposed to a clean install of 10 or a license that comes from pre-installed Win 10.

  7. Juergen Reply

    Thank you so much ! I have searching many hours in google to solve the problem ! Trying out hints and tricks , nothing helped ! I thought a new installation of win 10 is the only solution ! Tried at last chance your Repair Software and it works instantly !

    Chapeau and thanks for your good work !

    Greetings Jürgen

  8. Roger Dooley Reply

    Drive Repair worked perfectly.
    But what is going on? DVD’s are rarely needed and old-tech, so why are they giving us problems?

  9. William Reply

    Thank You very much simple and straight forward program and does the job been trying all morning to get my dvd writer to work no joy then found your program and problem solved seems windows 10 still has issues Microsoft is unable to sort out even with all their updates thanks again and well done *****

  10. Brenda Reply

    I had a local tech company upgrade my pc to W10 form W7. When I got PC back, only one drive was visible in my computer. I followed Microsoft directions to no avail, I fidgeted and searched for help tried several other suggestions also, to no avail. Then I searched for software to fix the problem, and hallelujah, I found yours, and got my problem fixed in less that 2 minutes. Thank you sooooo much for helping this old Grandma out.

  11. Timothy Chapman Reply

    Awesome! This repaired the drive in under two minutes, after I had tried so many other things.

  12. Paul Man Reply

    Thank you – this worked for me cd/dvd not recognised in win 10 after cloning disc to new disc. Ran program and cd/dvd restored to “my computer” window and device manager on first attempt

  13. FTA Reply

    Thank you – this worked following a recent Windows 10 upgrade which subsequently gave an exclamation mark against my LG DVD drive in DeviceManager, and wouldnt recognise the drive. Windows troubleshooter didn’t work, uninstalling device and ATA controllers didn’t work but this program fixed it!

  14. Edmond Vandamme Reply

    It did not work for me.In device manager there is no dvd/cd device.
    I tried 3 different dvd writers so a hardware problem of all 3 is not likely.

  15. mfm Reply

    Hello there,

    I want support your product

    And translate your software into Arabic

    If not translated to Arabic

    If the program needs to update the Arabic translation

    If supports multiple languages

    and UTF-8 encoding

    I think at the moment it does not matter changing the user interface to “right to left” because there is a lot of work out there.

    I hope accepting my invitation with the full support for your software

    please replay with agree or disagree,
    we don’t take money

    Also Please write the program name and download link

    MFM Dawdeh

    • Derick Payne Post authorReply

      You can translate it. Look in the Language folder for the en.ini file and translate that into Arabic. Send that file to me and I will include it in the next release.

  16. Mary Reply

    Hi. I tried this but it didn’t work for me. I virtually never need my dvd disk but I just bought a new printer and wanted to install the drivers from the cd that came with it. I noticed that the drive wouldn’t open by pressing it in and when I go to File Explorer it doesn’t show. I tried the Microsoft Command fix but that didn’t work and found my way to your site. I downloaded your software and ran it then rebooted and my DVD/CD drive still does not show on File Explorer. Does this sound like a hardware problem? Or is there anything else I can do to try and fix it? My device manager shows the DVD/CD-ROM drive as MATSHITA DVD-RAM UJ8E1.

    • Rizonesoft Post authorReply

      It does not work all the time. It could be a hardware error; hardware errors can’t be fixed with software tools. If you explain your issue, I can try to assist you.

      • Rin Reply

        Can you help me i can’t open my cd/dvd rom i don’t have money because I’m poor

  17. Chip Reply

    Looking forward to trying this software–but the program says I need to update to Build 852, and when I click on the 852 update link, it actually opens Build 828. Can I get the actual 852 version?

  18. Paul Hanson Reply

    My Windows 7 laptop sees that there is a DVD drive in My Computer. My issue is that when I put in a CD, it seems like it is trying to read the CD, but then stops. Would this be the right tool to try or is there a better one?

  19. Werner Reply

    After Windows 10 Creators update (Version 1703) no dvd devices in explorer. DVD Drive Repair worked fine. Now both devices are available in explorer again.

  20. mad max Reply

    Drive Reanimator

    DVD Drive Repair is a good and important utility, one of the must-have’s in technicians toolbox! Pro’s: a lot! Con’s: absof*!kinlutely not found! 🙂
    Your next challenge coud be to build a tool for resetting the Region Code of all DVD Drives!

    • Rizonesoft Post authorReply

      Thank you for the comment. And I’m truly honered you like DVD Drive Repair. I just needed to edit your comment a little to make it reader friendly. 🙂

  21. steve Reply

    ive used it several times on different versions of windows usally always works thank you

  22. Farjohn Reply

    Worked beautifully to repair the infamous Lenovo T410 / Matshita DVD disconnect problem. Thank you!

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