How To Disable USB Ports In Windows 7 & 10
How often have you observed a blocked Pen drive or a USB drive access in your workplace, 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 the USB drive detection on your Window’s Computer.
Sometimes, we need to disable the USB ports on a computer to prevent device interaction. The action can especially be useful in work environments as it prevents unauthorized copying of sensitive data. Disabling the USB ports also keep a network from getting infected with viruses or malware. Well, you don’t need to worry because the solution to disable USB Ports is simple.
Disable USB Ports in Windows:
You can disable the USB storage access through the Windows operating system by Registry tweak. And, you can change the Registry only as an administrator level account.
You must change the registry values for the USBSTOR folder to completely disable the USB storage devices, while still allowing the USB connected devices like mouse and keyboard to function normally.
Let us look at the way how we can disable the USB Ports in Windows 10.
- Type in Regedit into the Windows 10 search box and press enter.
- Navigate to the Following trees from sideboard pane, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\USBSTOR.
- On the right pane, Tap on Start.
Once you tapped on Start a value data box will open and you will see the Value Data set at 3.
- Change the Value data from 3 to 4(value 4 disables the USB port access on a PC or a Laptop).
- Click OK to disable USB Port on your computer.
That’s it! Now you can easily disable the USB ports on a computer in order to keep the network from getting infected with viruses or malware, and also to prevent the unauthorized copying of sensitive data.