How to fix inaccessible USB stick issue in MS Windows XP?

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Hello everyone there,

I have a Hewlett-Packard HP dc5000 SFF (PB478A) with Microsoft Windows XP installed. My PC was working fine since before last 2 days but now I have an issued with my computer related to USB memory stick. Actually, from resent past I am not been able to read any USB memory drive because it has become inaccessible for my PC. I have tried my level best to fix his issue but so far no avail.

In hope to let this problem be fixed, I stopped the USB service firstly and than restarted it but via this method I am not been able to get rid of this issue. After that I tried reinstalling my USB human interface drivers but even that didn’t worked too and I just gained frustration by this attempt. At the finishing line of my hope I tried restoring my system but it worked for a while but after just an hour the issue arrived again. Now I can not even restore my system to that point, where this problem was fixed for some time.

When I accessed Microsoft website I came to know there that all the help at Microsoft website failed initially. And yes I also have tried various memory sticks and those work fines on other system machines except than mine. This issue is driving me very crazy and I have now given up my efforts to get hold on it myself. I need some help from you guys.

Well, I am here to know How to fix inaccessible USB stick issue in MS Windows XP?

I am waiting for any suggestion badly and I shall be very thankful to you at this act of kindness to me.

I would like to say thanks in advance to you guys.

Best Answer by mozak
Answered By 0 points N/A #97257

How to fix inaccessible USB stick issue in MS Windows XP?


Hi, I'm Brice.

Here's a suggestion for you.

Try and see if your access for External Storage Devices is disabled, you can configure this with Registry Editor available in XP.

Here's how you do it.

  1. Go to Start then Run, then type there regedit and press OK.
  2. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwarePoliciesMicrosoftWindowsRemovableStorageDevices. If RemovableStorageDevices is not available, right click on Windows and choose New then Key then type RemovableStorageDevices as the name and press enter.
  3. Right click on Deny_All and choose Modify change the value if set to 1 to 0. If Deny_All isn't available, create it and do the same, set the value to 0.
  4. Restart your computer.
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Answered By 5 points N/A #97258

How to fix inaccessible USB stick issue in MS Windows XP?


HI Bopara,

  • This is also my solution to enable usb port.
  • Their are two way to do it but i will have to teach to quickest way.
  • Copy and paste it to notepad and save as "usb enable.reg"
  • Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

"DisplayName"="USB Mass Storage Driver"



  1. Plug the usb
  2. Double click the "usb enable.reg" file
  3. Unplug the usb and presto your usb now has been recognized

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