- From Explorers folder options ensure that hidden files and folders are displayed, file extensions are not hidden and simple file sharing is disabled.
- Open up the properties for %systemroot%\Inf\Usbstor.inf (%systemroot% would normally be ‘C:\Windows’).
- Select the security tab and make sure that all options for all users are set to deny. This must include administrators and SYSTEM.
- Repeat the above for %systemroot%\Inf\Usbstor.pnf
- If USB storage devices have been used on this machine previously then open up the registry editor otherwise ignore steps 6 and 7.
- Browse to the registry location ‘HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\UsbStor’.
- Open up the registry key ‘Start’ and change the data value to ‘4′. Close the registry editor.
- That’s it! If simple file sharing was enabled previously then don’t forget to re-enable it.
Friday, January 28, 2011
Disabling USB storage on a Windows platform is only a little more complicated: