Your CD or DVD drive is not recognized by Windows or other programs

Applies to: Windows 10Windows 8.1Windows 8

Symptoms


Your CD or DVD drive is not seen in File Explorer (called Windows Explorer in Windows 7 and earlier versions of Windows), and the device is marked with a yellow exclamation point in Device Manager. Additionally, after you open the device's Properties dialog box, one of the following errors is listed in the Device status area:
  • Windows cannot start this hardware device because its configuration information (in the registry) is incomplete or damaged. (Code 19)
  • The device is not working properly because Windows cannot load the drivers required for this device. (Code 31)
  • A driver (service) for this device has been disabled. An alternate driver may be providing this functionality. (Code 32)
  • Windows cannot load the device driver for this hardware. The driver may be corrupted or missing. (Code 39)
  • Windows successfully loaded the device driver for this hardware but cannot find the hardware device. (Code 41)
This issue may have occurred after one of the following situations:
  • You upgrade the Windows operating system.
  • You install or uninstall CD or DVD recording programs.
  • You uninstall Microsoft Digital Image.

There are various reasons why a CD or DVD drive is not detected. The resolutions that are listed in this article may help solve some instances but not all instances of this problem.  You may also need to contact your hardware manufacturer for assistance with your hardware.

Resolution


For each of the following methods, click on the header, and it will open to show you more info: