Am I missing something? I tried to install a Windows 8 Pro VM from DVD and Workstation 9 kept telling me that the VM could not find one as there wa no such device on the Host. I tried this several times and finally went to Player 5.0 and as soon as I started the VM, it found the DVD-ROM and strated installing. I have looked at Workstation Preferences and can't find anything that I forgot to check, like whe I couldn't figure out why Player would expand the VM to full screen when I maximized it and Workstation didn't do it until I realized that it was missing a check mark.
BTW, this doesn't come up much as I usually use ISO's of OS installation.
Can I assume you went to VM -> Removal devices -> Cdrom -> connect? If so you might try going to the VM preferences and remove the Virtual CD Rom. Then add a virtual CDROM and make sure it point to teh physical CROM. This will sometimes work
I tried removing and re-adding the CD/DVD and it still doesn't work for Windows 7 or 8. So, if I need to use a DVD, I have to use Player. FYI, DVD works in Linux on both Workstation and Player.