Secure USB Ports in XP

By alxcsby ·
I'm looking for a way to secure USB ports (avoiding things like superglue or physical removal). I've read a little about Registry edits, and denying permissions to Usbstor.pnf && USBstor.inf, even BIOS settings. None of these seems to match exactly what I'm after.
1. I'll need to be able to use at least some of the USB ports (preferably all) for connecting non-storage peripherals (printer, mouse, keyboard).
2. I want to deny the use of any storage devices from any USB ports.
3. I don't want to use a third party source, if avoidable.
4. I'm happy coding something on my own if someone can clue me in on how to do it in C, C++, or VBScript.
5. The machine users all have admin rights (I know, it's terrible, but it wasn't my call), so I have to find a way to supercede that right. Maybe setting things up as System?

Cheers in advance for any help!

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Worth a shot.

by Ron K. In reply to Secure USB Ports in XP <br>
I can't vouch for whether or not this works but I'd try it. How many computers do you have to secure?

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USB Protection

by alxcsby In reply to Worth a shot.

I haven't been told how many of our 400 PCs are actually going to need it. I'm hoping only front line--roughly 150 or so. This might work, I'll give it a couple test runs. If it does what we need, I'll just script it and give it to our LAN Admins for logon.
Thanks for the help!

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Magic Bullet

by alxcsby In reply to Worth a shot.

You tipped me off to the right place to start looking. I found a couple of removed websites, used Google's cache and tracked back the links. Here's Microsquash's own answer:;en-us;555324

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