By AOMEI / Last Updated January 15, 2019

Why DVD drive not showing up in Windows 10?

Although a variety of storage devices are now on the market, many users still rely heavily on DVDs. Generally speaking, DVDs are used for backing up files and storing recordable media like photos, music or text files.

The DVD drive not showing is a problem that Windows users experience frequently. When users insert their DVDs, they can’t find the DVD drive option in This PC or Device Manager. This is a huge inconvenience for users, because replacing the DVD needs much time and energy.

You may wonder why DVD drive missing in Windows 10. This issue may occur after one of the following situations:

  • Upgrade system.

  • Install or uninstall CD or DVD recording programs.

  • Uninstall Microsoft Digital Image.

What to do when DVD drive missing in Windows 10?

What should you do when DVD drive not detected in Windows 10? People have found the five most effective measures through many experiments. These measures will be presented to you one by one.

Fix 1. Reinstall the DVD drive

DVD drive reinstallation can sometimes solve the problem of DVD drive not showing in Device Manager in Windows 10. To reinstall the DVD drive, follow these steps:

Step 1. Open the Run dialog box by pressing Windows logo key + R.

Step 2. Type devmgmt.msc in the dialog box. Then click Enter. If you are prompted for a confirmation or for an administrator password, you need to select Allow or type the password.

Step 3. Expand DVD/CD-ROM drives in Device Manager. Right click the DVD drive. Then click Uninstall.

Step 4. If you are prompted to confirm that you want to remove the DVD drive, you can click OK.

Step 5. Restart the PC. The DVD drive will be automatically installed after restarting.

If the DVD drives are still missing in the Windows 10, try the next solution.

Fix 2. Reinstall and remove IDE/ATAPI drivers

To reinstall and remove IDE/ATAPI drives efficiently, follow these steps:

Step 1. Choose Start from the lower left corner of the PC. Type Device Manager in search box and then open it. Click View. Then choose Show Hidden Devices.

Step 2. Expand IDE/ATAPI Controllers and then:

  • Right click ATA Channel 0 and then click Uninstall.

  • Right click ATA Channel 1 and then click Uninstall.

  • Right click Standard Dual Channel PCI IDE Controller and then click Uninstall.

  • If there are additional entries, right click them and then choose Uninstall.

Step 3. Reboot the PC. The DVD drive will be automatically installed after rebooting.

If the problem of DVD drive not showing up in Windows 10 is not solved, try the next solution.

Fix 3. Fix corrupted registry entries

The problem of DVD drive not showing up in Windows 10 can also occur if the two Windows registry entries are corrupted. You can use Registry Editor to delete the corrupted registry entries. Serious problems might occur if you change the registry incorrectly. Thus, you'd better backup the registry in advance. Now, let’s learn the detailed steps.

Step 1. Press the Windows logo key + R to open the Run dialog box.

Step 2. Type regedit in the Run dialog box. Then click Enter. If you are prompted for a confirmation or for an administrator password, you can click Allow or type the password.

Step 3. Select the following registry subkey in the navigation pane:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Class\{4D36E965-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}

Registry Entries

Step 4. Select UpperFilters from the right pane. If there is no UpperFilters registry entry, you can go to Step 7.

Step 5. In the Edit menu, select Delete.

Step 6. If you are prompted to confirm the deletion, you can choose Yes.

Step 7. Select LowerFilters from the right pane. If there is no LowerFilters registry entry, go to the next method.

Step 8. Exit Registry Editor. Then restart the PC.

Notes:

  • Remember that you must be logged on Windows as an administrator. Go Control PanelUser AccountsManage User Accounts.

  • Some apps might not work correctly after using this method. If so, try uninstalling and reinstalling these apps. Checking with the creator of the app to see if there is an updated version.

Fix 4. Make a registry subkey

You can follow these steps to create the registry subkey:

Step 1. Launch the Run box by pressing Windows logo key + R.

Step 2. Type regedit in the Run box. Then click Enter.

Step 3. Locate the following registry subkey from the navigation pane:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\atapi

Step 4. Right click atapi. Click New and Key subsequently.

Atapi

Step 5. Type Controller0. Then click Enter.

Step 6. Click Controller0. Right click the empty space on the right. Choose New and click DWORD (32-bit) Value.

Controller0

Step 7. Type EnumDevice1. Then choose Enter.

Step 8. Right click EnumDevice1. Then choose Modify.

Step 9. Type 1 in the Value data box. Then click OK.

Value Data

Step 10. Exit Registry Editor and restart the PC.

Notes:

  • To take this measure, you must be logged on Windows as an administrator.

  • This method only supports Windows 8.1/8/7 or Windows 10 version of 1507.

Fix 5. Restore system to the time when the drive was working properly

If your DVD drive was showing up earlier, but now it’s gone, you can try to perform a system restore to go back the time when the DVD drive was working normally. This method is easy to operate as long as you use the best free recovery software - AOMEI Backupper Standard.

This freeware allows you to restore computer to earlier date with the system image created in advance. The restored system works just as well as the previous system. Other practical features like restoring drives, files/folders and partitions are also available in this utility. You can use them by your needs.

Don’t hesitate to download this freeware (supports Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP). The DVD drive will appear if you refer to the following steps. By the way, these detailed steps also apply to the issue of DVD drive not showing up in Windows 7.

Before you do, make sure that you have created system backup before. It is recommended that you backup your system (go BackupSystem Backup) regularly to avoid a reinstallation.

Step 1. Install and open this freeware.

Install

Step 2. Choose Restore from the left pane. Select your system image (System Backup) from the list. Then press Next.

Choose Restore

Step 3. Select a Backup Point to restore. You can choose Restore system to other location. Then click Next.

Backup Point

Step 4. Confirm the Operation Summary. Then click Start Restore.

Start Restore

Note: AOMEI Backupper Professional supports dissimilar hardware restore. If you need this feature, you can upgrade to the advanced version and click Enable Universal Restore in Step 4.

Summary

Now, you can solve the issue of DVD drive not showing up in Windows 10 with the five methods mentioned above. To complete the task easily and smoothly, it is recommended that you use the best free system restore software - AOMEI Backupper Standard.

This freeware also enables users to do a system restore from boot in Windows 7 or a system restore to new hardware. If you have Windows Server installed on your computer, you can turn to AOMEI Backupper Server.