A USB drive may not appear in the Windows Connect Now Flash Configuration feature of Windows Vista

A USB drive may not appear in the Windows Connect Now Flash Configuration feature of Windows Vista

Article ID : 927841
Last Review : March 15, 2007
Revision : 1.3

SYMPTOMS

A USB drive may not appear in the Windows Connect Now (WCN) Flash Configuration feature of Windows Vista when you click I have a USB thumb drive and then save the network settings. This behavior occurs if the USB drive uses the NTFS file system format.

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CAUSE

To eliminate drives that are not USB flash drives, Windows Vista does not list NTFS format drives. This is because some USB flash drives identify themselves as fixed disks. An access control list issue is also associated with using NTFS format drives. Therefore, you may not have permission to write to the root directory of a NTFS format drive.

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WORKAROUND

To work around this problem for Windows Connect Now, use a device that uses the FAT file system format.

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STATUS

This behavior is by design.

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APPLIES TO
• Windows Vista Business
• Windows Vista Business 64-bit edition
• Windows Vista Enterprise
• Windows Vista Enterprise 64-bit edition
• Windows Vista Home Basic
• Windows Vista Home Basic 64-bit edition
• Windows Vista Home Premium
• Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit edition
• Windows Vista Starter
• Windows Vista Ultimate
• Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit edition

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