DVD Drive is Missing in Windows 10

Is your PC not detecting DVD Drive and not showing its icon?

It sounds frustrating as you won’t be able to play music and access documents & files stored on your DVDs. Thankfully, it is very easy to restore the missing icon. Here are a few tweaks.


Recommended Act

Often such funny errors occur due to the bad state a computer’s Registry is in. This is a highly critical area that is being constantly accessed by Windows and must be kept in a proper organized form at all times. Use RegInOut System Utilities to cleanup as well as defrag the Registry. It also helps perform PC sweeping and hence, fix a variety of other computer errors as well.


Use Troubleshooting Tool

The Search feature in the Control Panel provides an easy access to the troubleshooting and various other tools. If your DVD drive icon doesn’t shows up, diagnose the issue using Windows Troubleshooting tool.

  1. Press Windows Key + X; choose System.
  2. Type Troubleshooting in the Search Box on the upper right corner.
  3. Click the Troubleshooting icon.
  4. Click Configure a device link under the Hardware and Sound category.
  5. Click Next and follow the on-screen instructions.


Delete Corrupted Registry Filters

In many cases, upper and lower filters are the culprits. Delete these entries as they contain incorrect information.

  1. Press Windows Key + R.
  2. Type RegEdit, click OK.
  3. Locate the following subkey:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE | SYSTEM | CurrentControlSet | Control | Class | {4D36E965-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}
  4. Right-click UpperFilters string in the right side panel and select Delete.
  5. You’ll be prompted to confirm the action. Click Yes.
  6. Right-click LowerFilters and choose Delete | Yes.


Reinstall DVD ROM Driver

DVD ROM Driver files may be missing or corrupted. Uninstall the existing version and reinstall the newest.

  1. Press Windows Key + X; choose Device Manager.
  2. Expand the top node.
  3. Expand DVD/ CD ROM Drives node.
  4. Right-click the relevant driver, choose Uninstall option.
  5. Confirm the action, if prompted to do so.
  6. Reboot your system upon successful completion.
  7. Open the Device Manager window again.
  8. Expand the top node.
  9. Right-click it, choose Scan for hardware changes.


Create Missing Registry Entry

Here are some new Registry entries that you might want to create:

  1. Type RegEdit in the Search Box on the taskbar.
  2. Open it from the Search Results.
  3. Locate the following subkey:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE | SYSTEM | CurrentControlSet | Services | Atapi
  4. Right-click the subkey named as Atapi, select New | Key.
  5. Specify Controller0 as the name of the new key.
  6. Expand the Controller0 subkey.
  7. Right-click it, choose New | DWORD (32 Bit) Value.
  8. Specify EnumDevice1 as the name of the newly created string.
  9. Double-click it, enter 1 as the string value.
  10. Click OK.
  11. Exit out of the screen and restart the PC.