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USB ports in WinXP Pro

By jmk1024 ·
Here is my dilemma, I work for a small college, we have winxp pro on most of our systems, everything is networked, all boxes are P4's at least 400MGHz. We have began encountering problems with students who try to use a usb/thumb drive for storage, when they plug them in, the system wants to install drivers, and being users and power users, they are not allowed to do this. We have done a windows repair and this seems to correct the problem, but with quite a few computers, doing a repair on all of them will take some time. Ive read some reports that the newest patches from the Microsoft world is compromising this and causing the situation. Has anyone else ran into this situation yet? and, has anyone heard that the patches are causing this??? Thanks in advance for all your help

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by Dumphrey In reply to USB ports in WinXP Pro

There are 3 steps to solve the problem.
Step 1. Backup your full data including registry.
Step 2. Format and reinstall OS and other required softwares.
Step 3. Restore your backed file after a extensive virus scan.

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by Dumphrey In reply to

Weird, This is not what I had written. Look in GPO to see if USB being blocked. Power users should be able to load usb drivers. Google diable usb and xp and reverse some of the tactics.

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by Dumphrey In reply to

Its an identical post...I guess some wires got crossed =\
Ill keep my eye open to see if it happens again.

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by 3xp3rt In reply to USB ports in WinXP Pro

The Xp have installed SP2?
If your answer is yes, can be some infection, else you most install SP2 for recognizing the USB drives.

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by saihib In reply to USB ports in WinXP Pro
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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to USB ports in WinXP Pro

If everything is up to date a MS suggestion may cure your current problem. Apparently some Patches caused USB problems a while ago and MS suggested shutting down the computers unplugging them for about 45 seconds and then plugging them back in & rebooting this for some reason corrects most USB problems.

Apparently this is caused by some new Security Features that have been incorporated into the Windows XP Kernel with the application of some recent Patches.


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