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Troubleshooting: Windows 8 Optical Drive missing

Description: What to do when the optical drive is missing in Windows 8.

Sometimes you will find that Windows 8 does not display your optical drive that is known to be working and connected to your computer. A quick edit to your Windows registry can correct this problem.

  1. Press the windows key and X key at the same time.
  2. In the menu click Command Prompt (Admin).
    Windows 8 Quick Access Menu
  3. Copy and paste this command into the command prompt:

    reg.exe add "HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\atapi\Controller0" /f /v EnumDevice1 /t REG_DWORD /d 0×00000001
    Windows Command Prompt
  4. Press enter on the keyboard to run the command.
    Windows Command Prompt
  5. Once finished, exit the command prompt and reboot the computer.
  6. Your drive will now show up.