I recently installed Windows 8 Pro on my computer and everything was working fine until I had to write something on to a DVD and to my surprise found there was no DVD drive in the Windows Explorer or the Device Manager. I knew the drive was working  fine, because I had installed Windows 8 from a bootable DVD.

A quick google search proved that I wasn’t alone in facing this issue. And a simple fix was available too.

Here’s what you need to do :

  • Right click on the Start Tile and select “Command Prompt (Admin)”.

  • Type the following in the command prompt window:

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


  • Make sure you type it as given above, including the quotation marks.


  • Press Enter and reboot the computer.
  • Right click on the Start Tile and select File Explorer and check whether the DVD drive is recognised by Windows 8

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Source: Avinashtech forum and Microsoft Answers