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Disable USB Storage Devices Fix it Live!

Disable USB Storage Devices Fix it Live!

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We just released another Fix it Knowledge Base (KB) article. This Fix it disables USB storage devices as described in KB 823732.

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  • After the fix, it still does not recognize Western Digital usb 2 storage notebook. I asks for software that should not be required

  • Hello Larry,

    Thank you for taking the time to post a comment. This Fix it actually disables USB storage devices.

    Are you attempting to block access to your storage device or are you not able to get a storage device to work?

    Thanks,

    -brian

  • how to uninstall this software system to enable

    usb ports again?

  • I'm confused.  The knowledge base article, "How can I prevent users from connecting to a USB storage device?" located at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/823732 lists resolutions for both:

    If a USB storage device is not already installed on the computer

    -and-

    If a USB storage device is already installed on the computer

    This fix it tool is listed to rectify "if a USB storage device is already installed".

    What is not clear to me if the fix it tool resolves if a "device is *not* already installed" and prevents those as well.  The title of this tool "Disable USB storage devices" leads you to believe it does, but by what means?

    Does the tool change the permissions for Usbstor.pnf and Usbstor.inf as described for the "not already installed" solution?  I found that to not be the case on my system after running the tool.

    It would be very helpful if after accepting the license agreement for the tool to actually be given a description of what the tool is about to do and give the user the opportunity to continue or cancel.  As it is now, it just runs with no further warning or info.

    It would also be very helpful to be able to undo this action.  There are no information or means to reverse this action provided.  I was hoping this blog would include this information, but it does not.

  • I have problem with PROBLEM REPORTS AND SOLUTIONS:

    Description

    Windows encountered a problem while installing device drivers for your Intel(R) 82801GB USB2 Enhanced Host Controller - 27CC

    Problem signature

    Problem Event Name: PnPDriverInstallError

    Architecture: x86

    Win32 error: 000005B4

    Inf name: usbport.inf

    Driver Package hash: 37aeef478b95961fb0342728acd556517a0f635e

    DDInstall section name: EHCI.Dev

    OS Version: 6.0.6000.2.0.0.768.3

    Locale ID: 1033

    Extra information about the problem

    Bucket ID: 83815971

    WOULD YOU PLEASE HELP TO RESOVE THIS ERROR

  • We have blocked the USB access to the limited user in domain using group policy & batch file . This policy is working fine with USB drives which are alreay used but whenever user not having USB access connect a new USB drive it detects the USB drive automativally & user get the access & after restarting the system the access get blocked.

    So How can be blocked detection of new USB drive for the USB disabled users in domain ?

  • OK...now that I have disabled it, hiw do I enable it again? seems several folks are having the same probs.

  • For those who has applied the fix and want to enable again the usb, only uninstall the usb drivers in Hardware Manager and reboot the system. Usb appears again. (Sorry my english)

  • Hi bmahaf / bmahaf,

    thanks for utility, it is working 50% only.

    It disable USB stick only, other USB card are still available, and showing USB mass storage.

    Please release new version

  • hi i wanna make such a software that can stop

    the access of the USB drive .

  • i wanna make such a software  that can stop

    usb ports

  • OK...now that I have disabled it, hiw do I enable it again? seems several folks are having the same probs.

    any answer to this particular concern?

  • To lock down USB ports for mass storage devices:

    •         Sign on as administrator

    •         Open Windows Explorer & show hidden files & extensions for know file types (tools, folder options, view tab)

    •         Open the properties for C:\Windows\Inf\Usbstor.inf & C:\Windows\Inf\Usbstor.pnf

    •         On the security tab, deny all options for all users, including SYSTEM & Administrators

    •         Hide hidden files & hide extensions for known file types again

    •         Run Regedit & change the value data box to 3 for the following:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\UsbStor\Start

  • Someone is installing a keylogger on my computer, can these instructions stop it from working?

    I also don't want anyone to be able to use my dvd/cd recorders (or whatever they are called) to copy anything from my computer.

    What do i do?

    Thank you very much.

    Peggy

  • I also have a floppy disc drive and three more for camera disks.  I have three hard drives, the regular one and two backup or slave drives.

    Thanks again.    Peggy

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