Enable USB Mode on your Windows Phone 7 [How to]

One of those important things which users will miss if they own a Windows Phone 7 device is the USB mode connectivity. Almost all of the devices come with Gigabytes of storage, however the phones won’t show their memory as a USB drive when connected to a PC.

I am one of those, who don’t want to use Zune to just access one image/file on the phone when connected with the PC. I would better have the USB mode, which will allow me to copy just one file.

Stories apart, you can enable the USB mode when connected to your PC and still have the Zune sync your phone. Below are the few steps which will help you to use your Windows Phone as a USB device.

1. Install Zune on your PC.
2. Open Registry Editor on your PC
3. Find the tree “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetEnumUSB” and search for Zune Driver (Use Ctrl-F).
4. Once you have found the result, navigate under the VID_045E&PID_04EC&MI_00 key, each of your Windows Phone 7 device will have a sub-key under the above key. The only difficulty being the sub-keys won’t help you to identify for which Windows Phone 7 device you are tweaking.

5. Under Device Parameters, modify the below values (on the right hand side):

ShowInShell: from 0 to 1 (to display the Device’s contents in Windows Explorer)
PortableDeviceNameSpaceExcludeFromShell: from 1 to 0.
EnableLegacySupport: from 0 to 1 (will enable Windows Explorer to detect the device)
EnableDefaultAutoPlaySupport: from 1 to 0 (optional)

That’s it! Your phone can be accessed via Windows Explorer.

I have tried it and using it without any problems. However this is not an official tweak, its up to you if you want to try it.

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