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ITsVISTA KB-Link: KB969702

If you add a removable storage drive to a client computer that is running Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008 during the period between the system start and the user logon, the Removable Storage Access policy does not work correctly

In a network environment, you enable some group policies in the following location:

User Configuration\Administrative Template\System\Removable Storage Access

However, if you add the removable storage drive to a client computer that is running Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008 during the period between the system start and the user logon, you find that you can still perform related operations to the removable storage drive.

For example, consider the following scenario:

  • You enable the policy “Removable Disks: Deny write access”
  • You start a client computer that is running Windows Vista
  • You insert a USB storage drive into the computer
  • You log on to the system

In this scenario, you can still write files to the USB, or create files on the USB storage drive. However, you expect to see an “Access is denied” message.

There is a download that resolves this issue. See Hotfixes for details.
32-bit Download: Contact Microsoft
64-Bit Download: Contact Microsoft

For more information on this issue, including potential causes, workarounds, and resolutions, see: Microsoft KB Article KB969702.

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