Lets see a simple step by step guide to enable or disable USB ports in Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and the latest Windows 10. This guide will help you either way. If you want to keep your confidential information from other who use your PC or Laptop, disabling USB ports is the best solution. Also if you are using a laptop provided by your company, the admin most probably disabled USB ports to prevent data theft and unauthorized access. Usually companies Block or turn off/disable USB Ports to protect confidential data. But here is a simple workaround by editing the registry suing registry editor to enable your USB ports, access it and disable USB ports easily. You can also remove write permissions to the USB ports to disable file transfer.
Unlocking or Enable/Disable USB Ports in Windows requires simple tweak in the Windows Registry Editor. You have to edit your USBStor in registry to Lock/Unlock your USB Ports.
How to Turn Off or Disable Enable USB Ports in Windows 7 or 8.1
Step1: In Windows 7 and Windows 8, press Windows key+R and type as “regedit”
Step 2: It will open the Registry Editor of your Windows 7 or Windows 8 in your Laptop or Desktop PC
Step 3: After opening Registry editor, browse the following path in the right side navigation pane.
The Path to go: “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SYSTEM/CurrentControlSet/Services/USBSTOR”
Step4: Then right click the registry “Start” which is rectangled in red color in the below screenshot of registry editor
Step:5 Right Click “Start” and Click modify
- To enable USB ports: change the value from “4” to “3”
- To disable USB ports: change the Value for “3” to “4”
Enable or Disable the write permissions to USB Ports
If you want to disable only the write permissions to the USB ports,follow this registry edit method. Please know that users can read the files stored in USB, but only they can’t transfer data from hard drive to USB drive.
Go to the below path in the registry editor:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEM/Current Control Set/ControlStorage/DevicePolicies
Create new DWORD WriteProtect and set its value to 1. Now you have successfully disabled write permissions.
Alternative Methods to Disable Enable USB Ports
1. You can also disable USB ports by uninstalling USB Mass Storage Drivers from Windows.
2. You can Turn off or Enable USB Ports using Windows Device Manager.
3. use this one click tool to disable or enable it easily. USB Lock/Unlock USB Ports in 1-Click