FIX: DVD driver for Windows 10 is not detected

Milan Stanojevic
by Milan Stanojevic
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  • Are you using a DVD driver for Windows 10?
  • If so, you don't need us to remind you how frustrating it can be to have a drive that's not working, not reading discs, not showing in the Device Manager, and so on.
  • Fortunately, with a couple of nifty tweaks, you can be sure to get that DVD driver working again in no time.
  • It may have to work at the Registry level or even deeper, into the BIOS, so try all our tips when your DVD drive is not detected in Windows 10.
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3. Check if your DVD drive is properly connected

SSD reset port error

Few users reported that this issue was caused by the improperly connected DVD drive.

According to them, the DVD drive was connected to the SATA 1 port on their motherboard while hard drives were connected to different ports.

Some motherboards require that you connect your media drives, such as your DVD drive to a SATA 4 or SATA 5 port in order for them to work properly.

After reconnecting the DVD drive to the appropriate port the issue was fixed.

If you’re having this problem on your PC, we strongly suggest that you check your motherboard manual and see if your DVD drive is properly connected.


4.  Set your DVD drive as the first boot device in BIOS

According to users, you can fix the problem with the missing DVD drive in Windows 10 by setting the DVD drive as the first boot device in BIOS.

To do that you need to enter BIOS by pressing Del or F2 key during the boot sequence and navigate to the Boot section and set the DVD drive as the first boot device.

For detailed instructions on how to enter BIOS and how to set the DVD drive as the first boot device be sure to check your motherboard manual for detailed instructions.


Accessing BIOS seems too big of a task? Let us make things easier for you!


5. Remove Virtual Drive Software

If you have Virtual Drive software installed on your computer, there’s a chance it interferes with your physical DVD drive. Therefore, the actual DVD drive won’t show in the File Explorer.

So, if none of the solutions listed above managed to resolve the problem, go and uninstall the Virtual Drive, and see if there are any positive changes.

If things are the same, turn to another troubleshooting method. You may as well install your Virtual Drive again.


6. Use the Hardware Troubleshooter

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Head over to Updates & Security > Troubleshooting.
  3. Now, click Hardware & devices, and go to Run the troubleshooter.DVD drive not showing in Device Manager Windows 7
  4. Follow further on-screen instructions, and let the troubleshooter finish the process.
  5. Restart your computer.

If you’re using Windows 10 Spring Creators Update (2017) or later, you have a new troubleshooting tool.

This tool is designed to deal with various system and hardware issues. Therefore, it may be helpful in this case, as well.

If you’re having trouble opening the Setting app, take a look at this article to solve the issue.

If the Troubleshooter stops before completing the process, fix it with the help of this complete guide.

Editor’s Note: This article continues on the next page. If you’re interested in reading more about the best DVD software to use on your computer, these guides are perfect for you.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

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I checked this solution “@5. Remove Virtual Drive Software” ….
I didn’t have to remove Virtual Drive Software. Problem has been solved when I opened my Virtual Drive Software.
It automatically had found and added to list of drives my new physical dvd/cd/rw drive. After that this drive had become visible in windows file explorer and operational.