Block USB in Windows XP SP2

Posted: August 20, 2009 in System Modifications, Tricks, Windows XP

Systems by default will allow USB storage devices to connect without problems. This allows an easy pathway for a user to download or upload large files from the system. In some environments, this is helpful; other times it can be a security nightmare.

Here’s the registry key to turn it off.

(If you don’t know registry, don’t mess with this stuff.)

If you don’t have this key, you might need to create it.

    Location:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\
    CurrentControlSet\Control\StorageDevicePolicies

    Setting name:
    WriteProtect

    Dword values:
    0 (is the default and allows USB devices to connect)
    1 (prevents USB devices from connecting)

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