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New Re: My "employer" has disabled my USB flash drive
They probably applied a security policy when you logged in to or connected to their network.
New If that is the case
then disconnect the network cable, power off and reboot. Log in and then see if you can use the USB drive. IIRC policies are loaded from the network, at least it used to work that way with Windows 9X. I also remember that removing the group policies application would also get the same thing. I think W2K and XP have this built in now.

If it is your laptop, run a software firewall program and then block access to the part of Windows that handles group policies. If it cannot load the policies from the server, it cannot apply them.

Anyway if you use Wireless, disable the Wireless connection, or unplug the cable for the wire connection. Then reboot the computer and change the policies yourself if they are sticking:

For XP Pro:

For Windows 2000 you can edit the policies to what you want and then do this:

It will disable ADM updates, so they cannot change it back.

Apparently you may have to modify your Active Directory entries and hope that they do not change back when you log back onto their network.

Just log on with an administrative account, not to their domain, but your local computer name. You won't be on their network, but you can modify whatever you want on your laptop and access your USB flash drive.

Personally I usually start network shares at N, O, or P, myself. Unless it is Netware which uses Z, Y, X, L, etc. If Netware never will be used, I assign CD/DVD, Zip drives, etc to Z, Y, X, if it is used I assign them to Q, R, S or whatever network drives are not being used.

Only Newbies, Nitwits, PHBs, and Brain-Dead System Administators assign network drives to D, E, F. Like the last few places I worked at did that. Then when that 6G drive was used with NT 4.0, they only used 2G of it for C, and left 4G unused because it would conflict with network drives. NT 4.0 would not allow them to format all of the drive due to a BIOS limitation and had limited it to 2G chunks. The CD-ROM was moved to Z, after programs were installed, which resulted in funny errors when the apps tried to look for the source CD. How these people got Microsoft Certification is beyond me, must have gotten the test answers off of the Internet?

Oh yeah at the law firm, a login script would clear out the Outlook configuration, and a partner that tried to use a Datalink watch and PDA to synch with Outlook kept finding his settings were missing after every reboot. They refused to do anything about it because they do not support those devices at the time. So instead I took the part of the registry that saved the settings and made a REG file, and had him click on that file before he did the synching. It was a work-a-round for boneheaded management.

"Lady I only speak two languages, English and Bad English!" - Corbin Dallas "The Fifth Element"

New now this sucks
fired up gpedit.msc and get an error message: "Snap-in Creation Failed." The window pane that appears after that repeats the message and adds:

"The snap-in is not created, it may not be installed properly."
Name: Group Policy
CLSID: { ... }

Now what?
"Windows XP has so many holes in its security that any reasonable user will conclude it was designed by the same German officer who created the prison compound in "Hogan's Heroes." - Andy Ihnatko, Chicago Sun-Times
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New Your employer has a help desk/tech support area?
Obviously this is slowing you down in your work, so it's in their interest to get it to work. Have you tried just ringing the help desk and explaining the issue? It's a crazy plan, but they just might go 'Aw. Never thought of that.' and fix it in minutes.

Or not, but it never hurts to be optimistic.
John. Busy lad.
New Settle down
Try this link:

If you have XP Home, XP Home just won't use that feature. Which is why you got the error. XP Pro is really the way to go, XP Home is the peon/luser version of XP. I tell people this, but noody ever believes me.

Expert's Exchange has this on it:

Also the abuse^H^H^H^H^Husegroup has this to say about it:

I hope one of these helps you.

"What's the use of saving life when you see what you do with it?" - Corbin Dallas "The Fifth Element"

New He doesn't have XP Home.
He wouldn't be able to connect to the domain if it was XP Home.

My guess is they're using group policy to disable certain items in an attempt to secure the network.
Nobody wins in a butter eating contest
     My "employer" has disabled my USB flash drive - (lincoln) - (24)
         Mapped any network drives lately? - (inthane-chan) - (17)
             Yes, but not by choice - (lincoln) - (16)
                 XP/Win2k? - (inthane-chan) - (15)
                     Myself, I avoide Z - (Andrew Grygus)
                     you solved my problem - (lincoln) - (13)
                         Have you tried changing to the "local machine" domain? - (inthane-chan) - (12)
                             "local machine" domain - (lincoln) - (1)
                                 Try unplugging it at work - (orion)
                             Your tip didn't work - (lincoln) - (9)
                                 They must have removed it - (orion) - (8)
                                     Don't do any of this, Linc. - (pwhysall) - (7)
                                         Can I create an Admin account - (lincoln) - (6)
                                             Who owns the hardwre? - (Silverlock) - (3)
                                                 Me - (lincoln) - (2)
                                                     And employers wonder why people aren't loyal to them. -NT - (jake123)
                                                     I would advise to sit tight - (Arkadiy)
                                             I think there are only 2 solutions. - (Another Scott) - (1)
                                                 Agreed. - (inthane-chan)
         Re: My "employer" has disabled my USB flash drive - (qstephens) - (5)
             If that is the case - (orion) - (4)
                 now this sucks - (lincoln) - (3)
                     Your employer has a help desk/tech support area? - (Meerkat)
                     Settle down - (orion) - (1)
                         He doesn't have XP Home. - (inthane-chan)

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