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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.
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- Click on the Start Menu -> right click on Computer -> Manage
- In the Computer Management window, click on Device Manager on the left hand side
- Expand DVD/CD-ROM drives by clicking on 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.
- Click on the Start Menu -> Settings -> Control Panel -> System
- Then you'll want to click on the Hardware tab, at which point you'll see this:
- You'll now want to click on Device Manager.
- 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.