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 CD Drive is not visible in Windows.

You can no longer see your drive in Windows?

This may be due to a registry error with your drive filters. To see if its a defective drive or controller try starting the computer to a bootable CD. If it works from a bootable disk then remove the disk and reboot the computer and follow the instructions below.

note: Please read to the end before attempting this.

   In Windows XP and Vista based computers some times the High and Low filters get damaged in the registry. If the drive is still good and you had not had any issues with it not reading disks then the filter settings may be your problem. Try this:

Close all open programs

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.






(looks like same file name for XP and Vista?)

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.

Open the device manager for your version of Windows and make sure the Rom Drive is showing and that it is not showing an exclamation mark. If you still do not see the Rom drive then your drive may be defective. Note: you might have to reinstall some of your CD or DVD playing/burning software.

Hope this helps... Dale


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