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How To Enable Or Disable USB Ports In Windows

By Yashdeep Raj •  2019-10-16T13:57:04.391Z •  Tips and Tricks

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This thing happens when the system administrator disables the USB Ports. Blocked USB Ports are pretty common at the workplace or college or school as it prevents unauthorized USB access. Blocking access to USB Ports is indeed a great way to prevent unauthorized users to transfer or steal data from your computer.

How to Enable or Disable USB Ports In Windows

Below, we have shared some of the best methods that would help you to enable

The five ways to block or disable USB ports on your computer:

  1. Altering or changing registry values to disable USB Ports.
  2. Disabling USB ports from Device Manager.
  3. By Uninstalling your USB Mass Storage Drivers.
  4. Using Third-party software
  5. Use Microsoft Support for Fixing It

So let’s have a point to point analyzing the five ways with which you can disable your USB ports on Windows 7/8 PC.

#1 Disable/Enable USB Drivers and Mass Storage Drivers Using Registry

In this method, we need to make some changes to the Windows registry settings to disable/enable USB Drivers and Mass Storage access. So, let’s check out how to disable/enable USB ports on Windows using the Registry editor.

Step 1. Go to desktop and press “Win Button + R“. Now  you need to type the command “Regedit” and hit the “OK” button

Disable or Enable USB Drivers and Mass Storage Drivers Using Registry

Step 2. Now you will be prompted to a window. So in that follow what is written
HIKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> SYSTEM -> CURRENT CONTROL SET -> SERVICES -> USBSTOR

Disable or Enable USB Drivers and Mass Storage Drivers Using Registry

Step 3. Now you have just to find out START in the working area. In that, to Disable, just change the Value data with “4” or for Next time if you want to Enable your USB port again then Change it to “3” but remember after every task or changing the value Close your Registry Editor.

Disable or Enable USB Drivers and Mass Storage Drivers Using Registry

#2 Disabling USB ports from Device Manager

The above method is the perfect way to disable USB ports on computers. However, if the above one failed, you can use this method to disable the USB ports through the Device Manager.

Step 1. You need to Right Click on My Computer/This PC icon and then select “Manage”

Disabling USB ports from Device Manager

Step 2. Then you will see a pop up with windows similar to the above image now at left select the Device Manager. 

Disabling USB ports from Device Manager

Step 3. Now you need to find  Universal Serial Bus Controllers

Disabling USB ports from Device Manager

Step 4.  Under Universal Serial Bus Controllers, select all the devices and with right-click Disable all and see if it is working or not.

Disabling USB ports from Device Manager

If the port was not working, then restart your computer. Don’t forget to enable that device later even after rebooting your computer.

#3 By Uninstalling your USB Mass Storage Drivers

Well, this is not the most recommended method, but still, it’s a helpful one. If you are worried about the security of your computer, then you can take this extreme step of uninstalling the USB Mass Storage Drivers. This will temporarily block the USB access.

Well, this is not the most recommended method, but still, it’s a helpful one. If you are worried about the security of your computer, then you can take this extreme step of uninstalling the USB Mass Storage Drivers. This will temporarily block the USB access.

Step 1. First of all, head to the Device Manager

Uninstall USB Mass Storage Drivers

Step 2. Under the Device Manager, expand the ‘Universal Serial Bus Controllers’

Uninstall USB Mass Storage Drivers

Step 3. Right-click on the USB Port and then select ‘Uninstall’

However, Windows will search for USB port drivers and automatically it will install the drivers and your USB will again start working as usual.

#4 Using the Third-Party Software

For disabling the USB ports on your computer after analyzing all the above steps and methods, if you are not satisfied then probably you need to install any third-party software on your computer so that it will block your computer’s USB ports manually with a program software download it from here.

Using the Third-Party Software

The software can easily downloadable from the link here the USB Driver Disable / Enable, What you can do with the software? You can disable and enable your computer’s USB ports.

#5 Using BuduLock

It is free software that helps you lock any user-defined folder and to block unauthorized access to the USB device. In simple words, it lets you block USB port and lock folders with password protection. This acts as a security tool. Let’s know how to use it.

Step 1. First of all, download and install BuduLock on your Windows computer and run the software.

BuduLock

Step 2. Now you will see the screen like below. Now insert the USB drive on your Windows computer.

BuduLock

Step 3. Now you need to select the option “Flash Drive Lock” which is located just behind the Folder lock option.

BuduLock

Step 4. Now you need to click on Disable Flash drive to block the USB Port. If you want to enable it then just select the option “Enable Flash Drive” and enter your password.

BuduLock

That’s it! You are done this is the easiest way to block USB port on your Windows computer.

#6 Disconnect USB

Disconnect USB

Well, it’s not actually possible every time to disconnect all the USB Ports from the motherboard. However, you can always disconnect the ones which are on the front side of your computer.

You can disconnect the USB port from the top and front of the computer by plugging out the cable from the USB header. Removing the USB header will prevent people from easily misusing them for their benefit.

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