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    Flash Drive (Windows XP)

    Is there a registry setting that would keep a machine from reconginizing a flash drive when plugged into the USB port?
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    Re: Flash Drive (Windows XP)

    There is not a simple registry setting, that I know of. You can add a custom Group Policy setting, by following the instructions in HOWTO: Use Group Policy to disable USB, CD-ROM, Floppy Disk and LS-120 drivers.

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    Re: Flash Drive (Windows XP)

    Not quite sure what you are aiming at. Do you want to avoid malware infection as a result of autorun automatically running an infected program when plugging in an infected flash drive? If so, you may refer to the National Cyber Alert System document Microsoft Windows Does Not Disable AutoRun Properly. The problem with their solution is that it totally disables autorun, and thus you may have difficulty accessing indexes and the like on CD-ROMs.

    The alternative suggested by Microsoft How to correct "disable Autorun registry key" enforcement in Windows requires you to open My Computer to access the drive. You can then right click he drive and select Open or AutoPlay as appropriate. Clearly you will only select AutoPlay if you are certain that it doesn't carry an unpleasant payload. But note that if you double-click the drive icon, this will probably cause autorun to run, with the concomitant damage. It may be possible to change the settings so that Autorun is not the default action when double-clicking - does anyone know how to do this?

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    Re: Flash Drive (Windows XP)

    I am not trying to diable the drive being found. Just the oppisite. When I pulg in the drive, the computer does not see it. I am trying to see if there is a setting somewhere that can be changed so the machine will see the drive and let me select it.


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    Re: Flash Drive (Windows XP)

    I think it would be better to ask that directly. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> Since it isn't always the case, that because something doesn't work or seems to be disabled, you do the opposite to enable it. It can have other causes.

    If it doesn't show up in Windows Explorer etc. take a look in the Disk Management snap-in (a snap-in to Microsoft Management Console) and see if it shows up there.

    If so, it could be a drive letter mix-up. The flash drive is trying to use a letter already used by another device (partition, drive, network drive etc.). It can get this way depending on how Windows enumerates devices.

    You can then set another drive letter for the flash drive. See this thread for more comments and some other thing to check. <!post=flash drive not recognized (XP SP2),742126>flash drive not recognized (XP SP2)<!/post>.

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