DVD Drive Won’t Work After Windows 8 Install

DVD Drive Won't Work After Windows 8 Install - Computer RepairIf you have noticed that your DVD drive won’t work after a Windows 8 install, you are certainly not alone. This is a very common issue that users are running into. Unfortunately, it is somewhat common for Windows not to recognize the CD/DVD drive following a Windows 8 install.

When you insert a CD or DVD into the drive, a window should pop up. If this does not happen, and the drive does not show up in File Explorer, that means that Windows 8 does not recognize the CD/DVD drive.

Here are some steps you can take to resolve the issue.

Check for the drive in BIOS

1. Access the computer’s BIOS to see if the drive is recognized there. To do this, first shut down your computer. When you power the computer back on press F10 right away to access the BIOS screen.

2. For a laptop, take the following path: System Configuration > Boot Options > Boot Order > Press Enter.

3. For a desktop: Storage > Device Configuration > Press Enter.

4. The absence of the CD/DVD drive on the BIOS page would indicate that you likely have an issue with your hardware.

Reset Computer’s Power

Occasionally, the drive’s communication with Windows drops out. You may have tried restarting the computer to no avail. Instead, try resetting the power completely. Shut down the computer, and once it is off, unplug the power cord to stop all power from entering.

Wait for a little bit, and reconnect the power cord (or laptop battery) and see if that resolves the issue.

For Desktop Owners

If you own a tower computer, the issue might lie in the physical connection between the CD/DVD drive and the software. Remove the side panel of your computer tower and locate the drive. Detach and reattach all of the cables to ensure that they are properly connected.

Find And Fix Problems

Windows 8 comes equipped with a program that troublehoots hardware issues. To access it, go to your control panel. There, under ‘System and Security’, click on ‘Find and fix problems’. Now, under ‘Hardware and Sound’ select ‘Configure a device’.

Let the program operate. It will bring to your attention any issues it finds and also provide a step-by-step process on how to resolve them.

Still Not Working?

Unfortunately, you can try seemingly every solution and still not fix the problem. That is when you turn to the computer repair professionals. Try finding help through TalkLocal. We know computer problems can be frustrating, but finding someone to fix them doesn’t have to be.

2 Responses to “DVD Drive Won’t Work After Windows 8 Install”

  1. stephen says:

    all these reg fixes are bullsh*t my fvd drive doesn’t work at all not seen or anything

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