How To Prevent Windows XP Users From Writing To USB Drives

Open the Registry Editor click on the Start button on your taskbar,
then click on Run and type “regedit” and click on OK to start the
regedit utility.

Expand HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control.

From there right click and create a new key and name it
“StorageDevicePolicies”. In the window on the right then create a new
DWORD value and label it WriteProtect, give it a value of “1” and users
can no longer write to USB drives. To re-enable this option change the
value to 0 and users are again allowed to write.

The modifications you made will be in effect after you reboot your PC.



Author: Xavier Ashe

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