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How to hide the USB Video camera in Windows XP

Hi everyone,
I have installed a USB Video camera on a computer at work, but I do not want users messing around with it taking pictures from within "My Computer".

There is some software which everyone is supposed to use to take "passport size" pictures.

Basically, I want stop people seeing USB Video camera in My computer. Is there a way I can remove, hide the icon using the registry or local security policy?
Windows XP

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DonKwizote

8/22/2022 - Mon
wamanma

You can stop the Windows Image Acquisition (WIA) service which Provides image acquisition services for scanners and cameras.

To stop the service
1. Type services.msc in Run
2. Navigate to  Windows Image Acquisition (WIA)
3. Double click and stop the service. Also change the startup tpye from Automatic to Manual or disable to avoid automatic start of service. When required, you can again start the service to use the camera.

Hope this helps resolve your problem.

Regards,
Mandar Waman
thetime

Start >> Run >> type gpedit.msc >> Press enter

Expand Computer configuration
Expand Windows Settings
Expand Security Settings
Expand Application Control Policies
Select App Locker

Read a bit there and see if this is what you require.

Should be able to lock the software required to take the images with.
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thetime

Apologies, I thought I was checking on my XP VM, must have been on the Win7 one.
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Answer wasn't quite accurate, but it was very useful in leading me to the solution I needed.