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Windows XP Unable to install USB storage device

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c00l @qu@r!an

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Hi All,

Nowadays, I am trying to get my Kingston Pen Drive to work with my office computer.
Since I have lots of personal data on my office comp, I want to transfer all that to my PC at home.

Now the problem is that USB port at my office is disabled to accept storage devices.
Other devices like mouse, keyboards work fine.
Also system registry editor "regedit" has been disabled by administrator.
I have the admin rights on my system at office.
But still, I am unable to get the storage device to work.

My office system runs Windows XP SP2.
I have heard that driver for Kingston Data Traveler comes inbuilt in XP. My home comp (also Win XP) automatically installed its driver.
But in office, whenever I insert the Pen Drive, the system asks me for the location of the driver.
If I let it search for driver on its own (from internet or local machine), it finally finishes search
with message that it cannot find driver for the USB.

After reading more on this problem, one interesting thing I have noted is that there are neither read nor write permissions for any user on the files usbstor.inf and usbstor.pnf inside the "WINDOWS/inf" directory. So I cant even view them using notepad as it says access denied when I try to open them.
I have noted that these files can be read/written only by the SYSTEM.

Now my question is should I provide read/write rights on these files to my user?
Will it work?? Will then the OS automatically install USB drivers on inserting the storage device?

Or am I wrong? Then is there any other way so that I can get the USB storage to work at my office comp?

Edited by c00l @qu@r!an, 08 March 2008 - 02:08 PM.

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Sorry, but it would be quite wrong for us to help you circumvent any controls and safeguards that have been put in place by your office systems administrator.
That is not the purpose of this forum.

Edited by pip22, 08 March 2008 - 01:32 PM.

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Your best bet is to talk to your manager or someone in your IT department to see if you can get a waver to allow you to use a USB device.
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