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Fix: DVD drive not detected in Windows 10 [COMPLETE GUIDE]

In addition, it might be a good idea that you create a backup of your registry in case anything goes wrong.

Some users reported that you might have to create another controller key if you have more than one DVD drive on your system.

To do that, repeat the same steps from above, but instead of calling the new key Controller0, be sure to name it Controller1.

Can’t access the Registry Editor? Things aren’t as scary as they seem. Check out this guide and solve the issue quickly.

If you don’t want to use Registry Editor, you can do the same thing by using Command Prompt. To do that follow these steps:

  1. Press Windows Key + X and select Command Prompt (Admin) from the menu.
  2. Once the Command Prompt opens enter the following line and press Enter to run it:
    • reg.exe add "HKLMSystemCurrentControlSetServicesatapiController0" /f /v EnumDevice1 /t REG_DWORD /d 0x00000001
  3. Close Command Prompt and restart your computer.

By using Command Prompt you’ll perform the same action as adding the registry key manually, therefore it’s a decent and somewhat quicker alternative.

If you want to learn more about DVD drives, check out our FAQ section below.

FAQ: Learn more about DVD Drives

  • What type of disks can DVD drives write onto?

Modern DVD drives can write on all types of DVDs as well as all types of CDs.

  • Do all PCs come with DVD drives?

In short, no. With DVDs losing popularity, most laptop manufacturers prefer not to include optical drives. The newest trend is to slowly migrate to USB-C ports.

  • Can DVD drives be bought separately?

Yes, DVD drives can be bought as separate pieces of hardware as long as they have the necessary slots included. If you have compatibility issues, check out this in-depth guide for more info.

Editor’s Note: This article continues on the next page. If you want to read more about DVD drives, check out our collection of guides.

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Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in July 2016 and was revamped and updated in January 2021 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

This post was written by Milan Stanojevic and was first posted to WindowsReport

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