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A security professional may be worried about more than just data leaking out of their systems on removable storage, they may also worry about U3 thumb drives with undesired Autorun payloads.In the case of Autorun/Autoplay concerns, the following Microsoft article has a great amount of detail on disabling Autorun on selected device types: What the article you are reading will concentrate on is stopping other classes of possibly malicious USB devices, especially the PHUKD (Programmable HID USB Keyboard/Mouse Dongle) from my upcoming Defcon presentation: One of the advantages of the PHUKD is that human interface devices (HIDs) like mice and keyboards don't require administrative privileges to install and function, at least by default.A common problem with users of Windows XP or Vista users upgrading to Windows 7 is that their microphone stops working.If your already running Windows 7 and are experiencing a mic problem, this article still applies to you In fact, most of the solutions below will work for any version of Windows.Also, these security options can be applied to restrict other types of hardware, not just USB, though USB peripherals are what I will concentrate on in this article.Shortly I will be covering Windows 7/Vista Group Policy/Registry tweaks that you can apply to block the automatic install of USB devices, but first there is a tool you may want to download to easy your experimentation.Two additional editions, All editions of Windows Vista are available in either 32-bit or 64-bit versions except for Windows Vista Starter, which is only available in a 32-bit format.The following hardware is required, at a minimum, to run Windows Vista.

While for the most part corrected in later patches and updates for the operating system, several initial system stability issues plagued Windows Vista and was a major contributing factor to its poor public image.

Dell, Acer, HP, Toshiba, Lenovo, they all have one thing in common: they don’t give you a real Windows Vista installation disk with your purchase.

Instead, they bundle what they call a “recovery disk” (that’s if you’re lucky – otherwise you’ll have a recovery partition instead) with your machine and leave it at that.

If you’re like most PC users, you probably got Windows Vista with a new PC or laptop.

And if you’re like 99% of the population, you get your new machines from one of the major manufacturers.

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