[FIX] Optical Drives (CD/DVD) Icon Not Showing in My Computer Window

Many times Windows users face strange problem when they can't see the icon of optical drives (CD/DVD drives) in My Computer (also known as Windows Explorer or This PC) window. The drive icon doesn't show in Explorer but the drive works fine in other computers.

If you are also facing this problem and can't see your optical drives (CD/DVD Drives/Writers) in My Computer window, this tutorial will help you.

Simply follow the simple steps given in following methods to fix the problem:


1. Type regedit in RUN dialog box and press Enter. It'll open Registry Editor.

2. Now go to following key:

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


3. Look for "UpperFilters" and "LowerFilters" strings in right-side pane. If you find them, delete them.

4. Restart the system and now you should  have access to your optical drives.


If the above method doesn't work for you or if you can't see "UpperFilters" and "LowerFilters" keys in Registry, then following steps will help you:

1. Open Registry Editor and go to following key:


2. Create a new key Controller0 under atapi key.

3. Select the new Controller0 key and in right-side pane, create new DWORD EnumDevice1 and set its value to 1

3. Close Registry Editor and restart your system.

That's it. Now you'll be able to see your CD/DVD drive in My Computer window.


If the above mentioned method doesn't work for you, you can directly add the DWORD in Registry by executing following command in Command Prompt:

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

Make sure you open Command Prompt as Administrator as mentioned here.


If you don't want to modify Registry yourself, download following ZIP file, extract it and you'll get a ready-made Registry script which will modify Windows Registry automatically:

Download Registry Script to Fix CD/DVD Drive Missing in Windows


If the above mentioned methods don't work for you, try following solution given by our reader "Vishal":

1. Open Device Manager using devmgmt.msc command and enable "View -> Show hidden devices" option. Now locate the DVD/CD-ROM drives and IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers items.

2. Right-click on each entry present under both "DVD/CD-ROM drives" and "IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers" sections one bye one and select Uninstall.

3. Once all have been removed, right-click again and select Scan for hardware changes.

The drives will be rediscovered and when the drivers are loaded back, the drives will re-appear in My Computer window.

You can also try to restart your computer.

PS: You can also check out solutions for other common PC problems in following exclusive topic:

[Help & Support] Frequently Asked Problems with Solutions

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  • I tried all method and non of them worked. The device manager did not showed any cd/dvd drive in the computer.

    However here is my solution:

    1) Find out the cd/dvd drive name
    1a) remove cd/dvd drive from the computer
    1b) placed in an ODD box and connected with USB (windows 8 recognized it)
    1c) marked up the name of the cd/dvd drive
    2) download the right driver from the internet (cdrom.sys)
    3) backup the C:\Windows\System32\drivers\cdrom.sys file
    4) replace the C:\Windows\System32\drivers\cdrom.sys file with the downloaded one.
    5) reboot computer

    Hopefully it will help someone with the same issue. Good luck!

  • Method 5 worked for me! After trying the 4 above, plus others I found elsewhere.

    Dhanyavaad Vishal!

  • Well,well done the method number 4 worked perfectly, so much thanks for massive help....

  • This helped. Hope it doesn't disappear again

  • Took longer to work up the courage to use these steps than the actual execution. Method 5 worked after I used the first two. That 'reg.exe, etc.' was a little over my head, but the script you provided worked just fine. I had to reboot the computer several times, but the DVD/CD drive finally showed up, and it worked. Could ask for no more, a big thanks!

  • wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! its works........ :) thank you so much..

  • Thanks for all the time and effort you went to. I had no luck with getting rid of BD rom nor getting my dvd/cd rom working . but thanks to you i was able to give it a real good try
    thanks again.

  • Thanks you so much :)))) the 2nd method worked for me

  • Thank you so much, Method 1 worked straight away for me.....Whooo-hoooo "I Don't Beeeee-lieve It. Very grateful to you.

  • Hi

    I have tried everything I am confused not It my d drive is not connected afther installing windows 10

  • None of them worked.Hlp me please.!

  • Both the disk drive and the atapi controller are present in the device manager and the device status says working perfectly; however, I cannot find the icon or d drive anywhere!

  • Thanks for this. It's worked for me.

  • i tried every thing but my cd drive dose not works

  • i did it all the methods but still not appearing . what shall i do

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