CD DRIVE not displaying in windows explorer

By batcher1 ·
I don'tknow what happened to my CD drive device not displaying in windows explorer, but in BIOS shows my CD Drive device.
Actually i uninstalled some softwares due to my hard disk free space to back up into DVD using external DVD writer. So i uninstalled the softwares somehow big size programmes not using frequently.After the uninstalled one specific software after rebooting, i noticed there was no CD drive letter[no CD drive]. I don't know what to do, how to recover it..So i searched in windows XP help support in computer[using windows XP professional in home].
I found one thing related to system restore,so i run the system restore and there's some option to choose to which period time day to restore before that i uninstalled that software, and also chosen the date and selected that 'removed software', then after rebooted the machine, nothing happens the same problem remains.
BUT i have to tell the same problem occurs before one or two months before because of this same software i uninstalled and then there was no CD drive display in explorer,then i selected the system restore option,then i found CD drive displayed as well as also my external DVD writer device shows in explorer.
BUT this time, nothing happens,the problem remains whatever i choose in the system restore or undo changes in system restore wizard,
CD drive is not displaying and also external DVD writer didn't show up in explorer[opens and ejects].
What can i do now without CD drive , nothing possible to repair or reinstall or install softwares from CD.
Please help me to resolve this whether to checkup download some softwares like registry repair softwares to solve this problem to show my CD drive in explorer, or any other solutions that u give me to follow .

Please helpme.

sincerely thanking you,

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Look under....

by NaughtyMonkey In reply to CD DRIVE not displaying i ...

Device Manager. Right click My Computer and select Manage. A window will pop up where you will need to find and select Device Manager in the left hand column. Look under DVD/CD-ROM Drives for your device. If it is not present then you will need to install the device driver.

If you see your device, expand the Storage section in the left hand pane. Click on Disk Management. You should see your device in the bottom right hand pane. You may have to scroll down to see it. It should be labeled something like CD-ROM 0. Make sure a letter is assigned to it. If not right click where it has the name and select assign letter or path. Follow the instructions.

Make sure it does not conflict with another drive that may have the same letter.

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This is a common problem. UpperFilters registry entry

by robo_dev In reply to CD DRIVE not displaying i ...

Been there done that. Seen it happen on several XP systems and even on Vista (go Microsoft). I think it's a bug that has to do with DVD region settings.

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Afraid of editing registry

by batcher1 In reply to CD DRIVE not displaying i ...

I am afraid to do both of your solutions.
I looked into disk management,then i don't know how, where to look into.
About deleting registry values, are you sure that if i delete those registry entry in upper filter, does it correct to show my CD drive,please again help me to try and also other solutions

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Go to "System" > "Device Manager"

by ComputerCookie In reply to Afraid of editing registr ...

What do you see when select properties for the device?

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Device Status

by batcher1 In reply to Go to "System" > "Device ...

Right clicking the CD-ROM device and shows the device status below,

Windows cannot load the device driver for this hardware. The driver may be corrupted or missing. (Code 39)

Click Troubleshoot to start the troubleshooter for this device.

What can i do now...

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Click on the driver tab,

by ComputerCookie In reply to Device Status

then click on update driver.

If that fails, go back and click on uninstall, and restart the computer and if that fails send another post with any messages you may have received. It is possible that the drive is faulty.

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You will have....

by NaughtyMonkey In reply to Afraid of editing registr ...

to look in Device Manager and Disk Management to troubleshoot. As long as you don't delete anything you will be fine. Windows will not let you delete the system partition or change the drive letter in Disk Management.

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