Users can turn disable USB flash drive pop up messages in Windows 10 by performing a very simple step in Settings. While it may seem counterproductive to turn off USB notifications in Windows 10, once you’ve been using Windows for a while you will likely want to reduce the number of pop-up messages.
There are two ways to disable USB flash drive messages in Windows. Performing a RegEdit or modifing a Settings feature in the Windows GUI
Disable the USB flash drive pop up message via Windows Registry Edit
- Open RegEdit by typing “regedit” in the Search bar
- Navigate to: HOKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Miscrosoft\Shell\USB
- Click the USB folder on the left of the screen to highlight the registry entries for \USB\
- On the right side of screen select “NotifyOnUsbErrors” by clicking on it
- Right click and select “Modify”
- Set the value to “0” (zero). Zero is off, One is on
NOTE: Most users will receive a message saying they do not have privileges to modify the registry value. That is meant by design, and please see the comments at the end of this article for why.
Disable the USB flash drive pop up message via Settings
- Type “settings” in the Seach bar of Windows
- Select “Devices”
- Select the USB tab near/at the bottom on left
- Uncheck “Notify me if there are issues connecting USB devices
The second method via Settings is the preferred method because changing registry entries is not recommended unless the user is very experienced with computers. Windows 10 does a good job of not allowing users make registry changes that would crash their computer or brick the operating system, but the risk is still there.
If you received some sort of permissions message when attempting our regedit method, I would stay away from trying to resolve that security message. The reason Miscrosoft locks downt he registry in certain areas is to provide a more secure computer system for the user and reduce potential risk of malware or hackers getting control of your computer.
Over the years, numerous reports have come out about how hackers will expose certain USB protocols to insert malware or take control of a system. The registry is the main point of focus for hackers.
If you are persistent about changing the registry entries the first thing you can try is running RegEdit as Administrator. If that doesn’t resolve your issue then you may Google search for your specific error message and see if another website offers up a solution.