Thursday, May 9, 2013

Windows 8 Not Detecting DVD Drive Fix

After installing Windows 8 into my machine I did not have any problems with it, it was smooth and I was able to familiarize with the new Metro UI. Until one day I needed to burn an installer for an old laptop that I was fixing, and then boom! my burning software cannot detect my DVD writer. I restarted my computer and went to the BIOS setup to check if my DVD writer was indeed not beingg detected by my system. But everything seems to be fine, I did not move any connections when I did a clean install of windows 8 so I was puzzled of what seems to be the cause of the problem.  I've been searching the web for a couple of minutes to find a fix for the problem and I finally found a solution. So here it is, you just need to add a registry key to fix the problem with the DVD drive not being detected by windows 8.

STEP 1. Run Command Prompt as Administrator

Run the "Command Prompt" as an Administrator. In Windows Metro, type "cmd" (without the " ") , the command prompt will be listed on the results list at the left inside the box. Press and hold ctrl + shift then press Enter.

STEP 2. Type the Following Command to Add the Registry Key

reg.exe add "HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\atapi\Controller0" /f /v EnumDevice1 /t REG_DWORD /d 0x00000001

if you have a second drive, type this also

reg.exe add "HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\atapi\Controller0" /f /v EnumDevice2 /t REG_DWORD /d 0x00000002

STEP 3. Reboot Computer

STEP 4. Verify if the problem has been resolved

XWidget: Light and handy, yet a powerful desktop customization platform

XWidget is a free windows program that brings the famous Mac OSX dashboard to windows computers. There are several dashboard programs out there like Rain Meter, Google Desktop (discontinued), Yahoo! Widgets (discontinued) and Stardock ObjectDock (Paid). But when it comes to customizability and features yet very light on resources, XWidget is my program of choice.

 After installation, three widgets will be displayed: clock , wheather, a photo gallery and a browser linked to their online widget gallery. All of the default widgets follows the default black theme, it looks clean and really nice.

 There are fourteen default widgets, namely EkerWeather, EkerPhotoAlbum, EkerTime, EkerUptime, EkerRSS, EkerIP Address, EkerNet, EkerRecycle, EkerSearch, EkerSystem, iFolder Dock, EkerAppsTab, and EkerDriverDock.



XWidget has two modes: Dashboard mode and Desktop mode. Desktop mode will always have the widgets displayed, like what you have with Windows Sidebar. With Dashboard Mode on the other hand, displays the widgets with a semi-transparent background covering all of the screen with the widgets displayed up front. By default, you can enter the dashboard mode by double-clicking your mouse middle button (mouse scroll).

You can also toggle between Desktop mode and Dashboard mode by assigning a hot key, right click on the XWidget icon in the system tray and choose "Options". The Options window will appear, click on "Hotkeys" tab and assign a hot key under "Show Dashboard".


The options are limited, but they are very useful to make XWidget a very customization option.

Some of the options to take note of :

  •  Configurable hotkeys to hide/show the dashboard and taskbar
  •  Run XWidgets on Windows start up
  •  Toggle desktop icons
  •  Hide the XWidget tray icon
  •  Backup widgets when application  exits.


Adding Widgets

There are several ways to add a widget, you can simply double click the XWidget icon in the system tray or you can right click on the XWidget icon in the system tray and click "Add Widget" and lastly, click the "plus" icon at the left bottom part of the screen while in Dashboard mode. By default, you will only see the fourteen widgets I mentioned earlier, but wait, there's more..

More Widgets

Aside from the default widgets, you can access the widget gallery that contains more than 400 widgets. To access the gallery, just right click on the tray icon and select "More Widgets". Though it is glutted with clock and weather widgets, there are much more widgets than you can find in the gallery compared to Windows 7 Sidebar, as these widgets are contributed by other users.

Installing the widget from the gallery is very easy. There's a download button or link on each widget page in the gallery. Upon clicking it starts a small progress bar at the bottom of the page and when it's done, the widget is automatically loaded and opens on your screen.

Creating and Editing Widgets

Although it lacks a selection of widgets, it shouldn't be a problem because XWidgets allows you to edit a widget and customize it. To edit a widget, just right on a widget and click "Edit". The designer window will appear and from there you can now customize the widget. To create a widget, right click on the tray icon and select "Create Widget". The designer opens up and greets you with a prompt that is asking you to name your widget.

Unfortunately, without any knowledge in basic programming, the widget creator will be confusing and difficult. The Widget creator's interface is somewhat similar to popular programming editors. The left panel contains a list of drag and drop elements which you can drop onto the widget's canvas on the center of the screen. For the widget to function , you to bind certain events with javascript/vbscript for it to work.