USBDeview Review

USBDeview is an extremely helpful free utility which monitors all USB devices connected to a computer over time, providing details such as their name, type, drive letter lettering letter numbering serial number creation date unplugging times etc.

Additionally, this program can be used to disconnect devices and perform speed tests.

Device List

USBDeview is a lightweight utility designed to display all USB devices connected to your computer at present or previously, including past connections. It provides information such as device name/description, USB class code, serial number (for mass storage devices), date/time when the device was added, USB Vendor ID/Product ID as well as whether unplugging them would be safe or unsafe. In addition, an HTML report of all known devices can also be generated.

Additionally, USBDeview allows for custom queries by letting you type in a device name; then USBDeview will look up all PNPDeviceID pairs that contain this specific device and list them all. Once again you can cross-reference this with other queries mentioned above to form a comprehensive view of all devices present on your system.

Another useful feature is the ability to see all of the dependencies for any given USB device, which can be invaluable when troubleshooting issues with such a device. Simply select ‘Details’ tab and you will see a table listing all dependent devices. In addition, the Path column allows you to see where they reside on your system.

As an example, selecting the ‘Details’ tab and looking at its path will show that a USB flash drive depends on several devices like host adapters and drivers; this information could prove extremely helpful if attempting to determine why an issue exists with that flash drive.

The tool also enables you to create a desktop shortcut that will disable, enable or disconnect a selected USB device with one click. This option is particularly convenient in situations when you wish to temporarily disconnect or unplug a device without unplugging and replugging in each time; alternatively you can use command-line options /disable, /enable and /disable-enable for this task.

Device Details

The utility not only lists all USB devices connected to your computer, but it also allows you to view and modify detailed information for any of them. This data comes both from system registry searches as well as requests sent directly to devices. The main window features two panes; the left one displays connection-oriented tree view while the right shows USB data structures.

From the context menu you can disconnect or uninstall any of the selected devices, export their list as Text/HTML or XML files, run speed tests, launch an automatic command line launch when new device connects, auto-launch when one connects, auto-launch command lines when device connects automatically, auto launch when new device comes online and more. Furthermore, use this tool to monitor USB host on a remote computer (admin access required) and save its output into a file for future reference.

At any given moment, all USB devices connected to your system are listed in the right-hand panel of the main window – even those you haven’t used recently – in alphabetical order. Each entry displays information such as device type and description as well as useful pieces of data such as version/power, serial number, date/time of last plug/unplug event and manufacturer name. Furthermore, this utility indicates whether a device can safely be removed, as well as providing options to change drive letters if applicable.

Flash memory, USB CD/DVD drives and hard-disks) are automatically recorded when they are plugged into a computer; however, each time you plug them in separately into different USB ports they may appear multiple times in this list.

With the ‘Display Tray Balloon When Device is Connected/Disconnected’ option enabled, a balloon pop-up will appear each time your utility detects that a specific device has connected or disconnected – an ideal way of quickly finding the one you’re searching for when working with multiple USB devices at once. You can also hide/show columns in the main window as well as modify font sizes on properties and options windows; all-in-all it makes a very handy and reliable freeware tool to manage all your USB devices – plus with its small/lightweight size portable USB drives you can launch it from any computer without first being installed there

Device History

USB devices are widely used for storage and data transfer due to their fast speed, large capacity, small size and portability. Unfortunately, they also pose a potential threat to businesses and individuals due to potential data leakage as well as malware/virus propagation; knowing the history of USB devices connected to a machine may aid forensic examiners when investigating particular incidents.

USBDeview is an efficient tool that enables users to view all USB devices connected to their system as well as those previously attached. It displays information for each USB device such as its name/description, USB type, safe unplug status (for mass storage devices), serial number (where applicable), date/time it was added and VendorID and ProductID numbers.

Users have the power to easily sort, filter and search their USB device list according to their individual requirements. They can select individual column headers by clicking them to alter its sorting mode; additionally, this program enables them to generate an HTML report of this USB device list with details such as serial number, first installation date, last arrival and removal dates as well as more.

The USB Log generated by this program displays all plug-in/plug-out events of every USB device connected to a computer, as well as any user actions taken while the USB device was attached.

Additionally, this program allows users to manually unplug USB devices that they no longer require from their system, saving space and reducing clutter. Compatible with Windows platforms and capable of being used both locally or remotely.

As an extra feature, NirSoft’s program offers an option to test the read/write speed of a USB flash drive by writing up to 100MB on it, then writing back out. When finished, an indication appears on screen and can be downloaded free-of-charge from NirSoft’s official website; its features mirror other free-to-use tools such as NK2Edit, DevManView and WirelessNetView.

Disable/Enable/Remove Devices

NirSoft’s USBDeview utility software program provides an overview of all connected USB devices to your computer, along with history data for them that has come and gone since they have been connected or disconnected. Furthermore, this program allows you to disable or enable specific devices and change their drive letters as necessary.

USBDeview provides information for every USB device:

“Drive Letter” indicates the letter assigned to the device (for USB Flash Storage devices). Additionally, “Safe to Unplug” shows whether or not it’s safe to unplug the device.

“First Install Time”- Indicates when the USB device was added to the Registry for the first time (This property can be found under Properties83da6326-97a6-4088-9453-a1923f573b29 and only the SYS user is able to read it).

The USBDeview program makes it possible to temporarily or permanently disable or enable devices from both its command-line interface and GUI. Disabling requires elevation (Run As Administrator); once disabled, repeat this process in order to reenable. For mass device updates use either “Disable All” or “Enable All” commands in either mode respectively.

USBDeview also offers users the capability of remotely connecting and disabling remote computers, making troubleshooting remote devices simpler than ever before. This feature can prove especially helpful to system administrators who may require connecting with networked computers in order to manage peripherals remotely.

USBDeview is available as a freeware utility for Windows computers that meets GNU General Public License terms, making it applicable on an unlimited number of computers running a version that supports USBDeview. Furthermore, its source code is available, enabling changes and improvements. In addition, floppy disk images allow for easy creation and distribution of portable versions of this program via NirSoft website floppy disk image or any other means such as CD-ROM distribution as long as all necessary files for operation are included with each copy distributed.

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