Windows 10 supports the installation and use of a variety of removable devices. This includes connecting and reading the mouse, keyboard, and other USB devices. However, this could pose a threat to the integrity of a computer system and, as a result, some organizations impose a restriction on the use of such devices. This restriction is also useful if you tend to leave your computer idle and someone tries to mess it up by plugging in a removable device. In these cases, the restriction also defends the user against data theft. In this article, we will learn to prevent the installation of removable devices under Windows 10.
Prevent installation of removable devices
There are two methods that will help you prevent the installation of the removable device on Windows 10. These are:
- Use the Windows registry editor.
- Use the Group Policy Editor.
1) Use the Windows Registry Editor
Open the Windows Registry Editor and navigate to the following path:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE SOFTWARE Policies Microsoft Windows DeviceInstall Restrictions
Find the DWORD named as DenyRemovableDevices and put its value to 0
If this path does not exist on your computer, simply create it.
Restart your computer to apply the changes.
2) Use the Group Policy Editor
It should be noted that the Group Policy Editor is not available on the Family Edition Windows operating systems. Therefore, these methods will be of no use if you use it.
Open the Group Policy Editor. Navigate to the following path:
Computer Configuration Administrative Templates System Device Installation Device Installation Restrictions
Look for the entrance that says, Prevent the installation of removable devices.
Set is like On. To select Apply then select D & #39; AGREEMENT.
This policy setting allows you to prevent Windows from installing removable devices. A device is considered removable when the driver corresponding to the device to which it is connected indicates that it is removable. For example, a USB (Universal Serial Bus) device is removable by the USB hub drivers to which it is connected. This policy setting takes precedence over any other policy setting that allows Windows to install a device. If you enable this policy setting, Windows can not install removable devices, and their drivers can not have their drivers updated. If you enable this policy setting on a remote desktop server, it affects the redirection of removable devices from a remote desktop client to the remote desktop server. If you disable or do not configure this policy setting, Windows may install and update device drivers for removable devices as allowed or prevented by other policy settings.
Restart your computer to prevent the installation of removable devices on a computer running Windows 10 now.
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