I'm running a fresh installation of Windows 8.1 on my desktop PC. Everything is working fine except for the DVD drive, which Windows does not recognise. I know that the drive is powered because I can insert and remove discs and the drive spins up. However, the drive does not appear at all in Explorer and there are no entries for disc drives in the Device Manager.
I've read online that this seems to be quite a common problem - Microsoft themselves list a few possible solutions which mostly involve editing the registry (http://support2.microsoft.com/kb/314060
). I have attempted all of the solutions in the article, with the exception of reinstalling the driver (which I cannot do, as there is no relevant entry in Device Manager).
On one occasion I was able to make the drive appear, and used VLC to successfully play a DVD. However, the next time the machine was booted the problem recurred exactly as before.
Can anyone shed any light on this?