USB Stick quit working on XP

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220volt

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Hi,

Friend of mine called me the other day since both of his memory sticks quit working. XP won't recognized them. He tried different brands and no go. XP won't recognized them regardless of the brand.
He tried same sticks on different xp machine and they are working fine.
He tried different kinds of devices (usb cam and printer) int the same usb port where memory stick wouldn't work, and both usb cam and printer are working fine.
I have tried upgrading the drivers and reinstalling it with no go.

Anyone has any idea on what this could be?
I am stummped.

Two things i want to try is to delete registry keys or just reinstall the XP , but i wanted to see if anyone has any better ideas.

System restore was off so that is not an option.

Thanks in advance
 

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First step, Start, Programs, Accessories, System Tools, System Restore. Create a restore point and name it something like "Before USB Fix". This is to bail you out if something goes wrong during the following process and makes things worse.

Create a file with NOTEPAD containing the following lines and save it as FIX.REG

-------------------------- Use text after this line --------------------------------
REGEDIT4
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Environment]"DEVMGR_SHOW_NONPRESENT_DEVICES"="1"

-------------------------- Use text before this line --------------------------------

Double click on FIX.REG and say yes to the Merge Into Registry question.

Unplug ALL USB devices.
Open Device Manager.
View, Show Hidden Devices.
Uninstall all devices under USB Controllers.
Uninstall all devices under Disk Drives that you know are not present.
Uninstall all devices under Storage Volumes. Say no to any reboot prompts until you are finished. Also, if a Storage Volume doesn't uninstall, ignore it and move to the next one.
If you have a yellow ? with unknown devices, uninstall all of the entries there as well.

When this is done, reboot TWICE.

Reconnect the USB devices and see if they're recognized properly.

NOTE: If you have a USB keyboard and/or mouse, you'll have to modify the instructions and leave enough parts for those to function. I don't have one yet, so I haven't had time to modify the instructions.
 
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