How to Disable USB Port in Windows 8

Introduction

 
These days almost everyone owns a storage device. It's available in the shape of a small flash drive, external hard drive, mobile phone, and many other portable devices. If you want to protect your computer from data theft, viruses, or other risks then you can simply disable the USB port for external USB devices and enable USB ports when required.
 
In this article, we are going to explain how to block or disable a USB drive in Windows 8. In this example, we disable a USB port using a registry setting and it's only blocked for Flash drives, external hard disks, and mobile phones but not for a USB mouse, USB keyboard, etc.
 

How to disable USB port in Windows 8? 

 
Step 1
 
Go into the search box and type "Run" and click on the application that appears or press "Win + R".
 
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Step 2
 
In the run window type "regedit" and click on "OK".
 
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Step 3
 
A "Registry Editor" window will be opened.
 
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Step 4
 
In the registry editor go to "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\USBSTOR".
 
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Step 5
 
In the right panel double-click on "Start" and a new window will be opened.
 
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Step 6
 
In this window type "4" in the Value data and click on "Hexadecimal", click on "OK".
 
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Step 7
 
Restart your computer to apply this setting.
 
To enable a USB port visit this link:
 

Summary 

 
In this article, we learned about How to Disable USB Port in Windows 8.