When the Windows Vista OS is updated
or a program is installed or uninstalled
, the CD/
DVD drive may not be seen in My Computer. The problem of the missing CD-ROM/
DVD drive in Windows Vista
can be fixed. Firstly, through the method of System Restore
, the system can be restored to the date when the changes were made that created the missing drive. Secondly, the drivers can be removed and then reinstalled
. This problem can happen due to corrupt registry entries
and hence fixing them can also solve this problem.
Your CD/DVD drive isn't appearing on "Computer", this sometimes happens when you have just installed or uninstalled a program. It may also be because you updated Windows Vista.
To roll back these changes you can try restoring the system. To do this:
- Click the Start or Vista icon then type "System Restore" in the "Start Search" field
- Press Enter then click Open to give permission to open System Restore
- On "Recommended Restore" select a Restore point
- Click on "Next" to proceed
- Click on "Finish"
This will restore your system to a previous date, before the changes were made
- Restart the computer and check you can see your drive
Remove and reinstall drivers
You can also try to remove and to reinstall the drive's drivers:
- Right click on "Computer" from the Start menu
- Select "Properties"
- On the Task options on your left, click on "Device Manager"
- Expand "DVD/CD-Rom drives"
- Right click on it, click "Uninstall"
- Then press "OK" to confirm
- Restart the computer, which will automatically install the drivers
Sometimes this is due to some corrupted registry entries, which can be fixed easily. Try this: