Solved Windows 7 detects retail DVDs as writable discs

January 14, 2018 at 12:48:43
Specs: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit, Intel Core i7 @ 3.9GHz | 16GB DDR3 2400MHz
A small problem here that I've been having for a while-

Windows seems to detect any retail DVD (movies, games, software) as writable media- even down to giving the option to write to the disc, and the Explorer icon doesn't change to the specific disc's retail icon. Rather, it just shows the drive with a disc over it. (Even if proper writable media is inserted, it will not show a different icon appropriate to the type of disc as it usually would and instead shows the drive icon) Autoplay also just gives a generic "open folder to view items" dialog regardless of the type of disc.

I've tried swapping DVD drives from an LG writer to the ASUS DRW-24F1ST I'm using right now, and the problem even recently arose on my laptop as well, so I'm fairly certain it isn't the drive or driver that's the issue. I've also tried clearing the Windows icon cache.

It's a small issue, but an annoying one. Any tips would be appreciated.

MSI B75MA-P45
Intel Core i7-3770K 3.9GHz
Corsair H115i CPU cooler
16GB DDR3 2400MHz
EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB
Samsung 840 EVO 120GB SSD (Windows 7 Ultimate)
Toshiba 2TB


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January 14, 2018 at 16:41:25
Did you go to the DVD drive mfg's site and download and install the latest driver for your drive(s)?
Windows update may have overwritten the original driver software trying to update it but may have used a generic driver or incorrect driver.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.



#1
January 14, 2018 at 13:39:42
Go to Control Panel (make sure "view by" is set to either large or small icons) & click AutoPlay. Go down the list & adjust the settings to your liking, then click Save.

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#2
January 14, 2018 at 14:03:00
@riider

I reset everything to the defaults, but the AutoPlay settings don't really help at all. The issue is that the disc isn't detected as a retail disc, so the AutoPlay settings for whichever category it might normally fall under don't apply.

MSI B75MA-P45
Intel Core i7-3770K 3.9GHz
Corsair H115i CPU cooler
16GB DDR3 2400MHz
EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB
Samsung 840 EVO 120GB SSD (Windows 7 Ultimate)
Toshiba 2TB


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#3
January 14, 2018 at 14:37:31
"I reset everything to the defaults"

That's not what I what suggested. What software do you use for DVD playback? If you don't already have it, I recommend VLC Player: https://www.videolan.org/vlc/index....

After it's installed, go back to AutoPlay & set "DVD Movie" to "Play DVD movie using VideoLan VLC media player". In fact, you can use VLC Player for all audio & video on the list. Be sure to click SAVE.


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#4
January 14, 2018 at 16:41:25
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Did you go to the DVD drive mfg's site and download and install the latest driver for your drive(s)?
Windows update may have overwritten the original driver software trying to update it but may have used a generic driver or incorrect driver.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#5
January 14, 2018 at 16:55:04
@Fingers

I did on the LG drive I had in my desktop before this ASUS drive, along with a firmware update. Nothing seems to have changed, but I'll go ahead and try it again since it has been a few months since I last tried. (This problem has been present on my desktop since 2015, possibly even earlier. It only emerged on my laptop a few weeks ago.) - I'll post a follow-up after I update the driver and firmware.

@riider

It isn't just video DVDs, but all DVDs (and presumably CDs as well, though I have none on-hand to test) that are affected by this issue. The AutoPlay is only a part of it. Also, for AutoPlay, I don't mind that it's asking me what to do with the content on the disc- it's that the only option available is to view the drive in Windows Explorer, and that the drive isn't recognized as a retail disc with the appropriate icon and write privileges.

I did try setting all the optical media-related options to "Ask me every time," but it hasn't changed anything.

MSI B75MA-P45
Intel Core i7-3770K 3.9GHz
Corsair H115i CPU cooler
16GB DDR3 2400MHz
EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB
Samsung 840 EVO 120GB SSD (Windows 7 Ultimate)
Toshiba 2TB

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#6
January 14, 2018 at 17:01:36
@Fingers

From an initial search, there doesn't seem to be any specific driver available for this ASUS drive. The only download from ASUS is the E-Green utility, and all the forums I've found relating to it just reference the generic drivers that Windows installs by default.

MSI B75MA-P45
Intel Core i7-3770K 3.9GHz
Corsair H115i CPU cooler
16GB DDR3 2400MHz
EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB
Samsung 840 EVO 120GB SSD (Windows 7 Ultimate)
Toshiba 2TB


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#7
January 15, 2018 at 07:06:28
Did you install VLC Player & change the settings as I suggested in #3?

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