USB storage devices

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    AvatarIonicStorm
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    Hi there,

    I’m new to these machines, so I’ve been busy trying to read up on how it all operates and what to do to get things going, but I’ve caved and needing to ask for help!

    I have some 8230LE, 9235LE and 8235LE machines and I’ve been tasked with getting USB mass storage devices to work on them when in normal user mode.

    I’ve got this working for the NT machines using the download from this site – however this is when I’m logged in as an Administrator.

    I’ve yet to find a way to do this on the XP machines.

    I’m not allowed to update the firmware on the machines.

    How do I get the USB drives showing when in normal User mode on the NT machines, and is there a way to get USB support on the XP machines?

    Many thanks.

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    Hi,

    Yep, its easy. There is a reg setting in HKCUSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrent VersionPolicies that has all the profile lock down. Under the Explorer key is a hide drives key that stops you seeing the drives. Have a google on this as if you change it you want to make sure users still can not see the C: drive on the terminal,

    Cheers,
    -TT

    #13106
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    Thanks for your reply, I did try this but it doesn’t seem to work.

    Administrator account is fine – I can see C, D (removable) and Z, but in the User account I can only see Z.

    #13107
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    Log in as user with a shortcut to regedit on the desktop, now export the HKCUSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrent VersionPolicy key to the desktop and call it backup.reg.

    Now delete all keys under Policy, log out and back in again as user – can you see all the drives now? You should, now search the exported policies to locate the key with he drive lock down, edit it and import again. The key is a long string but Google it to find the value. I don’t have a terminal with me to give you the exact value right now,

    Cheers,
    -TT

    #13108
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    My mistake – I was looking in Current User when logged in as Administrator!

    All sorted now on the NT machines – thanks for your help on that.

    Any ideas as to a way to get USB support on the XP machines, or would the only way be to update the firmware?

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    USB support is native to XP, if you log in a administrator you can not see a USB key installed? This sholud work, if it does not your base image is broken,

    Cheers,
    -TT

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