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CD drive disappeared XP, Vista, Windows 7!
   Cd Drives disappear in Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7. I found out about the missing CD drive problem when a customer brought their computer to me after they did an update. It could be Microsoft update issues or it could be an issue with some other software updating. Whatever is causing this missing cd rom issue I know the fix for it.

   Before I get to the fix I need to mention that I had to do this fix to a Windows 7 machine three days after Windows 7 was released. So now I have seen missing CD rom drives in XP Vista and Windows 7.

   The fix is not all that hard. Its a simple removal of high and low filters errors in the Windows Registry. These instructions are on another page but I felt it necessary to make sure that everyone knows that even the newest version of Windows can have the missing CD rom drive issue. Unless your CD or DVD drive is failing or has failed this should fix your problem. If it does not, it should not hurt your system and it will eliminate a possible issue.
Follow this:

Click on Start

Click Run

Type REGEDIT and press Enter

note: Vista doesn't come with the run command enabled so just type REGEDIT in the search bar above Start...

Click on the plus signs (+) next to the following folders to open them.







(It looks like the same Registry name for XP, Vista, and Windows 7 ?)

This folder is the DVD/CD-ROM Drive Class Description in the registry. Look for any of the following names in the right hand column.





If you see any of the above keys, right-click on each of them and choose Delete

Close the Registry Editor

Reboot your computer

Click Start

Open My Computer and check to see if your CD or DVD drive shows now.

Like I said the missing CD rom problem has been around for a long time and now you know what you can do to fix the most common of the issues that can cause this.


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