I have no idea what happened here, my external optical drive all of a sudden is not playing any dvd or audio cd's on it's own but works fine otherwise, when I look in My Computer the optical drive is not showing the cd or dvd contents. I got this bit of help from Dell support:
"There are several reasons for this problem. AutoPlay might be restricted by Group Policy, it could be canceled by a program that is running, or the service that AutoPlay needs to start might not be running. Check for this missing registry key: HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
Recreate the key, and then create a key entry 'NoDriveTypeAutoRun' as a REG_DWORD with a value 91 (Hex). Restart."
Then the tech linked to this article which explains the autorun issue:
So now I have a better understanding but what I need help with guys is how to create this key as per his instructions:
Recreate the key, and then create a key entry 'NoDriveTypeAutoRun' as a REG_DWORD with a value 91 (Hex)
In the registry, I right-click and see the options as the attached screenshot shows but can anyone guide me further on this please?