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How to Disable the Use of USB Storage Devices in Windows 10

If you want to prevent others from copying important materials /files from your computer through USB storage devices, it’s a good idea to disable the use of USB storage devices on your computer. To do this, you can simply restrict access to removable storage disks, or completely prevent removable storage devices from connecting to your computer through the USB port. Now this post will show you the two options to disable the use of USB storage devices on Windows 10 computer.


Option 1: Disable/restrict access to USB storage devices by Group Policy Editor

Step 1: Open Local Group Policy Editor in Windows 10, by running gpedit.msc in Run (Win + R) dialog box.

type gpedit.msc in Run box

Step 2: Expand Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System, and select Removable Storage Access. On the right-side pane, locate ''Removable Disks: Deny execute access'', ''Removable Disks: Deny read access'', and ''Removable Disks: Deny write access''. Double click on each of them to configure it.

Restrict acess to removable disks

Step 3: Select Enabled, then click Apply, and click OK. This will disable execute, read, and write access to any removable disks including USB storage devices connected to the computer. If you want to enable the use of USB storage devices, set it to ''Not configured'' or ''Disabled''.

Select Enabled

Option 2: Disable the use of USB storage devices by Registry Editor

Step 1: Open Registry Editor in Windows 10, by running regedit in the Run dialog box.

type regedit in Run box

Step 2: Go to Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\USBSTOR, and then on the right-side pane locate the DWORD value named ''Start''. The default value data of Start is ''3''. Double click on Start, and set its value data to ''4''.

Change value data

Step 3: Restart Windows 10 for the changes to take effect. This will prevent any USB storage device from connecting to the computer, and thus disable the use of USB storage devices on the computer.

Note: By Registry Editor, you just disable the use of USB storage devices, but it won’t affect the use of USB mouse, keyboard, and printer on the computer.