How to remove write protection from USB drive in Windows 10 without having to use third-party apps

Perhaps on one occasion you have encountered a problem while erasing or restoring a USB device on a Windows 10 computer. The write protect message may appear at the most inconvenient time and you can resolve it today we are going to show you how to remove write protection from USB drive in Windows 10.

Unless this failure is caused by a malfunction of the USB key, in which case not much can be done, this tutorial will help you solve the rest of the problems, especially if you cannot access the tab that manages write protection.

Disable write protection

If the message “Disk write protected” appears on your screen, these steps may help you avoid it. And the first thing we need to do is access the Windows registry.

Just enter the search bar and type in “Regedit” and click on “Access as administrator” then “OK”. Then Windows will ask if we want to allow this application to make changes to the computer to which we answer yes.

In the registry editor we need to navigate to the following location in the HKEYLOCALMACHINE SYSTEM CurrentControlSet Control StorageDevicePolicies folder and if you don’t have this folder create it as we will see next.

If we don’t have the “StorageDevicePolicies” folder, we can create it by entering the previous path in “Control” and right-clicking on the “New” option and marking “Key” to which we give the name “StorageDevicePolicies”.

With this new value selected, we now right-click and in the “New” option, we choose “DWORD (32-bit) value” and name it “WriteProtect”. Once created, we double-click on it and give it the value “0” in the Value Information box.

With these steps the protection will be disabled and we will be able to exit the Windows registry without major problem. You should keep in mind that you are making changes in the Windows registry, so you should not touch anything that you are not sure about.

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