Fix Not Working DVD or CD Drive in Windows 10

Resolve Optical Drive Issues:

The optical drive is very useful for most of us. Some of us use it to install our operating system. Few of us may use it to watch movies, install software programs and among others.

Having issues with your optical drive can be frustrating. You might think of replacing your current DVD/CD drive with a new one. But, before doing so, I will be listing a few practical fixes here to resolve the issue.

Step 1: Check your BIOS Settings and Update it

Please make sure that your drive is enabled in the BIOS. You can check your BIOS if your drive is listed there.

If so, and Windows is not detecting your drive. You might need to update your chipset driver, particularly your motherboard.

For this, please go to the manufacturer’s website. Download the latest driver chipset for your system.

Step 2: Get your Windows Updated

Windows 10 releases updates that tackle issues like this. In particular, they have released an update for the “Windows 10 Anniversary Update”. The version 1511 that tackles this specific issue with your optical drives.

To run Windows update, please see the steps below.

  1. Please click Start
  2. Select Settings
  3. Click on Update & Security
  4. Click Check for Updates

Step 3: Update or Reinstall your Driver

Having updated drivers fixes computer issues and improves computer performance.

Please see the steps below to update your drivers.

  1. Please go to your Start and type devmgmt.msc
  2. Select the top result to open Device Manager
  3. In Device Manager, expand CD/DVD-ROM drives
  4. Right-click the CD and DVD devices, and then select Uninstall
  5. When you see a message to remove the device, select OK and restart your computer

It should install the drivers once restarted.

Issue still persists?

I would recommend updating your drivers. For this, you can use Driver Reviver.

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