How can I tell if my Windows XP or Windows Vista computer has a DVD drive?

This tells you how to find out if your computer has a drive capable of reading DVDs.

Windows 9x/2000/XP
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Windows Vista/7

  1. Click on the Start Menu -> right click on Computer -> Manage

    Vista Start Menu

  2. In the Computer Management window, click on Device Manager on the left hand side
  3. Expand DVD/CD-ROM drives by clicking on the + icon to the left of it
  4. At least one of the drives should have the letters DVD as part of its name. If none of them do, you may not have a DVD drive.

    Vista device manager

  5. Windows XP

    1. Click on the Start Menu -> Settings -> Control Panel -> System

      XP System Properties

    2. Then you'll want to click on the Hardware tab, at which point you'll see this:

      Hardware Tab - Device Manager, Drivers, Hardware Profiles

    3. You'll now want to click on Device Manager.
    4. Open up the DVD/CD-ROM drives by clicking the + icon to the left of it. At least one of the drives should have the letters "DVD" as part of its name. If none of them do, you may not have a DVD drive.

      Device Manager




Keywords: windows dvd   Doc ID: 9361
Owner: Warren R.Group: DoIT Help Desk
Created: 2009-03-19 18:00 CSTUpdated: 2014-06-15 11:39 CST
Sites: DoIT Help Desk