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Memory stick boot prevention

By mross2k1 ·
In Win2K and XP how do I prevent booting from the USB memory sticks without completely disabling use of the USB ports?

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by TheChas In reply to Memory stick boot prevent ...

This is a BIOS / hardware issue. There is NOTHING you can do in XP to prevent alternate boot devices.

In BIOS setup, make sure that USB is NOT one of the boot devices.
Password protect BIOS setup.

If needed, install case locks to prevent users from resetting the CMOS and thus the BIOS password.

Thats about it to prevent the use of alternate boot devices.

Now, if your goal is to prevent users from booting from a USB device so they can bypass security settings and copy files, you can enable and enforce encryption of files and folders for NTFS volumes.


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by wlbowers In reply to Memory stick boot prevent ...

Go into bios and set the boot device order to all the same thing if you want only the hard drive.

Or set the first to floppy and the rest to hard drive. Now set an admin password on cmos so no one can go in and change the settings back.

Good Luck Lee

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by wlbowers In reply to Memory stick boot prevent ...

In bios put the hard drive before the usb device. It will never get to it.


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