How to enable or disable USB Drives or Ports in Windows 7 / 8
How often you have witnessed blocked Pen drive or USB drive access in your work place or college or school? I believe many times; in fact every time you try to use the USB drive, you are not allowed, simply because the administrator has disabled USB drive detection on your Windows system. Again, how often has your data been stolen because someone connected an unauthorized USB to your computer and copied your files? Well, you don’t need to worry because the solution to disable or enable USB Ports is pretty simple.
Restrict access to USB drives
There are 5 ways an administrator can prevent using of USB Drives
1. Altering registry values for USB Mass Storage Devices.
2. Disabling USB Ports from Device Manager.
3. By Un-installing the USB Mass Storage Drivers
4. Using third-party freeware
5. Using Microsoft Fix It.
Lets us look at how we can fix these problems and enable USB on Windows 7 PC.
1. Enable or Disable USB Drives and Mass Storage Devices using Registry
If the administrator is smart then he would definitely do this to ensure a tight blockade. He would alter the settings through regedit command on run console. Now how do you unlock it ? You have to go right into where the administrator has been. Here is how.
1. Go to Start > Run , type “regedit” and press enter to open the registry editor
2. Navigate to the following key
In the right pane, select Start and change the value to 3. (The value 4 will disable USB Storage). Click OK. This will re-enable USB Ports and allow you to use USB or Pen drives.