How To Enable DVD Drive in Windows 8, Detect it Easily

Sometimes you might find new trouble in Windows 8. After successfully installing Windows 8 version, the computer does not show internal DVD drive. Then you might get yourselves in trouble and think, why DVD drive has vanished after installation. But don’t worry, a process with some steps is provided. Follow these tips and solve this trouble quickly.

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Enable DVD Drive in Windows 8

  • At first, Press Ctrl + C shortcut to open Charms bar.
  • In Charms bar, Click on Search option.
  • Now type Command Prompt in the search box.
windows 8 command prompt search
  • A link is showing in search results on the left panel.
  • At this time, when we press right-click, a setting panel will come up at the bottom.
  •  Here, click on Run as administrator button to start the command prompt with admin right.
window 8 command Prompt start
  •  Type this command –

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

  • Press Enter button after typing this command in command Prompt.
  • Now you have to restart the computer.

When we open Window explorer, DVD drive will display with drive partition.

windows 8 DVD drive enable

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

    In your article, the syntax is “…CurrentControlSet-Services…”

    Actually the correct one is “…CurrentControlSet\Services…”.

    Tested & working. Please edit your article. Look carefully. TQ.

  2. The correct syntax.

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

  3. Hi, I had the same problem in my notebook. I owns Samsung Notebook NP350E5C-SO1IN which is one year old. DVD drive did not show up on my PC. As I Googled for a fix on the web, I came to know that the problem must be caused by Windows 8.1. I tried all the solutions advised by Microsoft like changes in the registry, checking disk manager (Under DVD icon TSSTcorp CDDVDW SN-208BB which was greyed out, properties displayed error 45) for three days but to no avail. That was annoying. Today, I used the support center and did a diagnosis. It showed only a single problem like – error: boot speed slow. I clicked on the error to fix it and it displayed Superfetch auto fixing. Enable superfetch to make boot and application speed faster. I shut down my computer as I had to go out for minutes. Later, when I power on, after a few minutes a popup launched at the bottom near the hidden icon (sata unknown disk removed) and heard the similar purr sound from the DVD drive. I examined ‘My computer’ and the ‘DVD RW’ icon had showed up. I inserted a cd and it works fine.
    I would appeal all IT geeks to elaborate what had gone wrong with my computer and how the it was fixed.

  4. You are writing the command wrong. Type carefully.

  5. How is it wrong?

    I re typed it and got this error

    C:\Users>Reg.exe add “HKLM\system\currentcontrolset-services\atapi\co
    ntroller0” /f/v EnumDevice1 /t REG_DWORD /d 0x00000001
    ERROR: Invalid key name.
    Type “REG ADD /?” for usage.



    Thanks for helping!

  6. it gives me the following message>

    C:\Users\vfshoadmin>Reg.exe add
    ERROR: Invalid syntax.
    Type “REG ADD /?” for usage.

    C:\Users\vfshoadmin>”HKLM\system\currentcontrolset-services\atapi\controller0″ /
    f/v EnumDevice1 /t REG_DWORD /d 0x00000001
    The system cannot find the path specified.

    What am I doing wrong?

  7. it has been removed

  8. how do ! iso as add a tab or something?

  9. you can follow another procedure by third party tool which is named CD-DVD Icon Repair to recognize DVD drive in windows 8.
    Download link of CD-DVD Icon Repair tool.

  10. "ERROR Invalid key name" How to fix that?

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