Apologies in advance for my ignorance here, but I have not been able to have some basic questions answered through a lot of Google searching. Most mainstream sites seem to treat optical drives as something not worthy of their time and assume that they are almost an anachronism.
I just ordered a new desktop not equipped with an optical drive of any kind and running windows 8.1 I assumed that picking up an external drive would be a simple matter, however, I seem to be reading conflicting information. On one hand I've read that Win 8/8.1 does not support an optical drive. On the other, I see information that suggests this is not a problem as long as the external is set up with the proper software. Reviews of external drives tend to be 2012 era and prior and I noted that the systems they are tested on run Win 7.
So my questions are: 1) Can a win 8.1 OS be compatible with an external optical drive? 2) Is special software required, and if so, what is recommended? 3) Any recommendations on the external drive for a system that isn't constantly mobile, but is used in different locations on occasion?
I have to believe that with all of the Win 8/8.1 laptops and desk top all-in-ones that don't have room for an internal optical drive, there has to be a way to successfully add an external and that manufacturers still support.
Would greatly appreciate any input and again apologize for my tech ignorance here on what is obviously a very tech oriented forum. Thanks.