Oct 1, 2015 at 3:37 PM
Edited Oct 1, 2015 at 6:05 PM
Another idea if you are willing, is to use the utility below to remove all currently non present USB Storage Devices, Disks, CDROMs, Floppies, Storage Volumes and WPD devices from the device tree. Furthermore it removes orphaned registry items related
to these device types.
I request you use version 0.9.0 and not the latest version due the latest version does not wipe existing devices from the registry.
Create a directory and unzip the files into the directory.
Start a command line prompt.
Change into the directory and since you are using 64-bit Windows OS, change into x64 subdirectory.
Dismount all volumes.
To see what the utility will remove from the registry:
To remove items the registry:
Reboot PC after running utility.
Any USB that was not currently connected to your PC will be install again by Windows and you may have to manually reassign the drive letters in Windows Disk Management if you had certain drive letters for an external hard drive or thumbdrives.
I have performed this numerous times on my system to remove all registry entries including valid devices due to tests with file containers.
If anyone knows of a better free utility, please post it.