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Windows 7: How to delete the USB storage history

05 Nov 2010   #1
yxq

Vista and Windows 7
 
 
How to delete the USB storage history

Hello,
In Windows 7, i can view the used USB storage history in "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Enum\USBSTOR", but it's impossibe to delete the registry sub key, so i think if can uninstall the USB driver by the used USB storage HarewareID or SN, do not know how to uninstall the USB driver by command line or other ways, thank you.

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05 Nov 2010   #2

Windows 7 Enterprise (x64); Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)
 
 

Question: Why do you want to delete these?????
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06 Nov 2010   #3
yxq

Vista and Windows 7
 
 

Because i want to protect my privacy, thank you.
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06 Nov 2010   #4
Microsoft MVP

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64 bit
 
 

What exactly do you think is stored in there that you need to delete? And whats the point, as soon as you connect that device again the key will just be re-created?
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06 Nov 2010   #5

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

Gents- I think he wants to uninstall the driver for the usb device, which would be of interest just for geeky curiosity.

He may be thinking that if he deletes the registry keys he can remove the drivers (NO).

Say someone is visiting and wants to show you some pics on her camera. She hooks it up to your PC, it loads drivers for her camera. You look at the pics - you laugh - you cry, then she goes back to France for a swimsuit photo shoot. So now you got this driver for a camera on your computer that you will never use again. Can you remove it? How?
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06 Nov 2010   #6

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

This might be what the OP is looking for. Start and type in device, go to device manager, Human Interface, right click on your desired driver for the camera and select remove driver.
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06 Nov 2010   #7
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Close Layback,

Device Manager : Hidden Devices

Should find it/them under either Disk Drives or Portable Devices.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
What exactly do you think is stored in there that you need to delete?
That and all that is there is what kind of device was connected, nothing about what was on the device.
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06 Nov 2010   #8
yxq

Vista and Windows 7
 
 

Please view the software below
View any installed/connected USB device on your system
How to it uninstall the usb driver to delete the used USB history?
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06 Nov 2010   #9

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

The Nirsoft program shows all instances of USB usage on the system, including phones, Webcams, cameras, mouse etc. Double clicking on the .exe will open up a window showing you all the devices ever used. From there, you can locate the device, right-click on it and select "Open in reg-edit". From there you can see where the information is stored.

You can choose to delete the particular registry entry you wish. Just be careful which entries you delete as certain bits of required hardware will need to retain the registry values and may stop working if removed. Make a backup of any key you plan to delete before doing this, and create a restore point first.

Though, all this seems a pretty fruitless exercise.
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06 Nov 2010   #10
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by yxq View Post
Because i want to protect my privacy, thank you.
What privacy? There is nothing to protect unless you're worried that someone may see that you connected a MP3 player or an external hard drive at some point in time. Other than that there is no information stored anywhere as to what was on said device.
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