I’ve been installing and playing with Windows 8 lately, including setting it up to be my main daily use computer. Everything has gone fairly smooth except for my DVD drives. The drives did not show up after a clean install; they weren’t in Windows Explorer, they weren’t in Disk Management, they weren’t in Device Manager. Not even showing up as an Unknown Device without any drivers. They were just nowhere.
I finally found the solution, in a registry entry. I don’t know if this is a bug in Windows, or just a glitch in my installation. But I put this entry into the registry, and my DVD drives started working immediately. I think I had to rescan Device Manager, but I didn’t have to reboot.
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
I set the value to 2 because I have 2 drives. If you only have one drive you can just enter 1.