Are you searching for a way to disable the USB ports in Windows? If yes is your answer, you are on the right page. In this tutorial, I am going to explain how to disable USB ports on your Windows PC.
There are two ways to disable USB ports and prevents unauthorized pen drive access. One is by using simple Registry Editor trick, and the other is by creating a notepad file. Let us discuss the steps in detail.
Steps To Disable USB Ports In Windows:
Method 1: Using Registry Hacks
Step 1: To get started, first you need to open up the Windows Registry Editor. To do that, open the Run Box by pressing Win + R on your keyboard and type REGEDIT and hit Enter.
Alternatively, you can also open up the registry editor from Windows search as shown below.
Step 2: In the Registry Editor, navigate to the location given below from the left pane.
Step 3: Now in the right pane, locate the Start DWORD value, right-click on it and select Modify from the context menu.
Step 4: Modify the value data from 3 to 4 in the Modify DWORD value window and click OK.
That’s it. You have now successfully disabled USB port on your Windows PC.
Note: The above step will only work if the USB storage driver has already been installed. If not, the value will be automatically restored to 3 when connecting a new USB driver.
Method 2: Using A Notepad File
Step 1: First, open a Notepad from Start -> All Programs -> Accessories -> Notepad.
Alternatively, just type Notepad in the start search box and click on the program that appears.
Step 2: Inside the Notepad, copy and paste the below-mentioned code without the quotes to disable the USB port.
“Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
Step 3: Now select File -> Save As to save the notepad.
Step 4: Enter the file name as “disableUSB.reg” (Without Quotes) and select the File type as All Types from the drop down menu.
Step 4: Once saved, close the Notepad and double-click on the saved file to run the registry file.
Step 5: A pop-up will appear asking whether you want to add the information to the Registry Editor. Click “Yes.”
That’s it. You have now successfully disabled the USB port on your Windows computer.
If you encounter any issues while following this tutorial, do let me know using the comments section below.