As a Systems Administrator, there are some instances that you need to disable the USB ports from the user for security purposes. These can help to protect your data, windows operations, and the network as well.
You may disable the USB drives through BIOS, systems registry, group policy, or other third-party applications or enable them if needed.
Let’s take a look at how to fix these simple problems in your computer.
Disable or Enable USB Ports using Registry.
This is a little bit tricky, all you have to do is hit the run console and type regedit. Then, in the registry editor navigate to the following key below.
In the right area, select Start and change the value to 3. On the other hand, value 4 indicates that the USB Storage is disabled. This will re-enable USB Ports and allow you to use USB devices. After changing the value to 3, Click OK.
Disable USB ports from the Device Manager.
You may look also into the Device Manager, and disable the USB port there.
Disable the USB ports using the Local Group Policy Editor.
In the run console type gpedit.msc and hit ENTER. Navigate to the location below,
Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > Removable Storage Access
Look for the Removable Disks: READ, WRITE and EXECUTE access, right-click and select Edit.
Make sure that the item is Enabled or Disabled if needed. This applies to Windows Vista, 7, and 10 versions.
Lastly, check if it applies to your Windows version of the Operating System.
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