Archive for December, 2012
In certain environments, it can be useful to disable the Windows USB storage driver to prevent end-users from using USB devices to copy data from the system.
You can do this easily by modifying the Windows registry.
Click Start, and run regedit
Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESystemCurrentControlSetServicesUSBStor
and set the Start value to 4.
The default of 3 is shown in the screenshot below.
Due to many limitations in the 32-bit version of Windows, and driver signing requirements on 64-bit versions of Windows, it can be helpful to determine which version you’re running. To do this easily, follow these instructions in Windows 7:
Click the Start menu and right-click Computer, then click Properties:
Then, look under System for System Type.
If the line is not present, you are running a 32-bit version of Windows.
Windows will not be able to report if you are running a 32-bit version of Windows on a 64-bit machine. It will only report that you are running a 32-bit version of Windows.
You can determine if you are running on 64-bit capable CPU by using CPU-Z, using the instructions below:
Download and run CPU-Z, and look at the CPU tab.
Look for the line labeled Instructions.
If EM64T is displayed, your processor is 64-bit capable.