Fix missing CD Drive with Command Prompt

Here’s a solution if you have a CD or DVD drive that’s not showing up in Windows 10.  It involves using Command Prompt, so you’ll need to feel comfortable opening and using that function on your PC.  It’s not that it’s particularly difficult, but when people feel nervous or uncomfortable, they’ll often make mistakes.

So, go ahead and take a deep breath and let’s give this a try.

Type CMD into the Windows 10 search box.


Right-click on the result and choose Run as Administrator.


You’ll have to give it permission to make changes to your device.


Highlight the following text:

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

Press Ctrl+C to copy and Ctrl+V to paste it after the prompt. Then press enter.




You should see a message that reads “This operation was completed successfully.”

Go back to File Explorer and see if your CD/DVD drive is now visible.

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