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External optical drives not being recognized by Windows 8

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    External optical drives not being recognized by Windows 8

    I have a Sony Vaio all in one but it doesn't have a cd drive. I've purchased two and neither were recognized by Windows 8. Has anyone found a USB optical drive that they can reccomended?

    What's funny (or sad) is that the suggested accessory on Sonys website for a optical drive has a review on it (the only one) and the reviewer says it isn't windows 8 compliant.

    Last edited by BRKING; 21 Jul 2013 at 14:41.

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    I can't make any specific recommendation because all mine are internal; however, here is a list from that you could browse and if you check the details tab for each unit, the compatible operating systems should be identified:

    External CD / DVD Drives, Blu-ray Drives -

    BTW, I hope you sent those other two back for a refund. Good luck.
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    Thanks. I returned them.

    btw I asked for help on another forum and someone said to edit the W8 registery. Any idea what this edit does?

    Here is the thread:
    Looking for Optical CD drive for windows 8 - windows-8 - Windows 8
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External optical drives not being recognized by Windows 8

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