Enable/Disable USB Port on Windows XP

If you've been wondering if there's a simple way to disable a USB port, you're in luck. It's not too complex, and of course it's always nice to achieve a small victory over Windows XP. It's a good enough OS, but completing small tasks like these can be slightly more difficult.

If you read on, I'll explain how to do it - it doesn't take long, and if you're looking for a quick fix in between work, your desire to Play on FoxyBingo.com, this is the fix for you. So onto the solution - we're people that tend to work at 120mph, so I'll make this as quick and easy as I can.

On my new job at COMTECH, aside from teaching they put me on the computer laboratory as their maintenance. Lab is installed with Windows XP Home edition and other software but i will be migrating some computer to Edubuntu sooner or later. For the meantime I've tweak some on the registry of Windows Enable/Disable the USB port just to control student from inserting the memory stick:

On the registry:

Click HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SYSTEM > CurrentContolSet > Services > USBSTOR

Choose the Start Modify the value data 3 to 4 Hexadecimal

3= Enable

4= Disable


Insanity Rulz said…
What if the student also knows this and sets the value to enabled
raju said…
i am not enable the usb port using the the above technique can u tell me another method
raju said…
rjian said…
Insanity Rulz if your the admin you can disable the registry for the unit.. :)