Fix DVD Drive not showing in Windows 10

By | December 17, 2017

The DVD drive not showing in Windows is a problem Windows users experience now and then. When this happens, most Windows users immediately start freaking. Understandably, because replacing the drive costs money. Money, you do not have.

Fortunately; mostly the DVD drive not showing in Windows is not a hardware problem, it is a software problem.

This article will help you troubleshoot your DVD drive and get it to show up again.

Before you continue, download DVD drive repair and install it. Try the method below first before using DVD Drive repair, it is safer.

Method 1 (Recommended)

Open DVD Drive Repair, go to the Tools menu select “Device Manager” to open the Device Manager.

DVD Drive Repair Device Manager

DVD Drive Repair – Open Device Manager

On the Device Manager window, go to the View menu and select “Show hidden devices“.

Device Manager - Show Hidden Devices

Device Manager – Show Hidden Devices

Right-click on each entry present under both “DVD/CD-ROM drives” and “IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers” sections and select Uninstall.

Device Manager - Uninstall Devices

Device Manager – Uninstall Devices

Once this is done, go to the Actions menu and select “Scan for hardware changes“.

Device Manager - Scan for Hardware Changes

Device Manager – Scan for Hardware Changes

Restart your computer and take a look if you can see the DVD drive now.

Method 2

If the DVD drive is still missing, you can try the following method. If this does not work, you might have a hardware problem and need to replace the drive. 🙁

Open DVD Drive Repair once again. On the DVD Drive Repair window, select “Just Repair” (This will disable extra processing) and press “Repair DVD Drives” to start.

DVD Drive Repair - Just Repair

DVD Drive Repair – Just Repair

When the program is done, restart your computer and see if the problem is solved.

How does DVD Drive Repair work?

DVD Drive Repair is not a complicated tool. It fixes the DVD drive not showing in Windows issue by resetting the UpperFilters and LowerFilters entries in the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Class\{4D36E965-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318} registry key.

Furthemore, it sets the EnumDevice1 value in the HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\atapi\Controller0 registry key to 0x00000001. The same can be accomplished by running the following command in an elevated command prompt:

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


Thank you for reading. I truly hope the steps in this article solved your problem. If another method solved the DVD drive not showing in Windows issue, please leave a comment and I will make sure to mention your method here.

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10 thoughts on “Fix DVD Drive not showing in Windows 10

  1. Dave Cockburn Lee

    Nice. Did this and now three of my HDD are not working. Epic. Thanks

  2. Cecil

    Sorry Derrick. It has not worked for me. I have a Samsung NP350V5c_A01US Series 3. For some reason, I cannot see the DVD drive. It says error code 45 but that is rubbish. I hardly ever used the DVD drive and it worked well with Windows 8.1. It is possible that it stopped after the Windows 10 upgrade and I did not know.

    Would you know how to set up the BIOS to boot order with USB, then HDD?. I am having issues with my system and it shows me a blank screen some times and the system boots but cannot see anything. So, I am frightened to put my system off. This started when the system was probably updated and it was in sleep mode. Then I got an error message that and error occurred and the system is collecting information. And why is the font on this so small?. Terrible.

    1. Rizonesoft Post author

      What is going on? Can I help with something. I gave you a refund!

  3. MFM Dawdeh

    Have a nice day!

    I hope for your software that includes all languages, particularly Arabic language
    And I’m ready to be translated into Arabic