Now we want to enable only internet dongles which get connected through USB. Although its not my solution and i am sorry for posting a link , you can try this it should only block usb storage and not internet dongles. Stergium, Solution recommended above doesnot speak on how to achive this through GP. I quote the start "We do that by restricting access to USBSTOR.

The machine was in a domain where it got those group policy settings. Fortunately, there is a rather ingenious way to fix this problem. Hopefully this answer will get around to enough sysadmins to fix that. This solution is dependent upon the machine-in-question being dis-joined from the domain.

Now it has left the domain but it still receives the settings from the group policy. I set a certain power option but soon it will be reset to another power option which is endorsed by the domain. Delete the "HKLM\Software\Policies\Microsoft" Key (looks like a folder). If it is physically off the domain, and you ARE using a local account to log on, and it still carries the group policy settings, not only would i be very surprised, but something is wrong. If it is NOT dis-joined from the domain via the OS, then this will NOT work.

Group policy will apply if it is a domain account, regardless of physical connection to the network that the domain resides on.

Try logging in as the local administrator and see if that alleviates the problem. I have a Windows 8 laptop physically removed from the domain, re-assigned to a local workgroup, the domain user account deleted, and am logged in as a local admin.

If I delete the printers and log off and back on, all the printers are popping up again. Any idea why I can't get rid of the "ophaned" printers?? My problem is not with the printers with (redirected) ... If I look at the events I can see - Kernal-Pn P: Device SWD\PRINTENUM was deleted.

my problem is that I have 3 printers called "HAD - Print 1 på SVFREJA", 4 printers called "TAA - Print 1 på SVFREJA" and 3 printers called "TAA - Print 2 på SVFREJA" ... Class Guid: One minute later: Device SWD\PRINTENUM was configured.

Nothing else we did would permanently remove the printers.

Is it possible that your server has gone through one or more OS upgrades?

Either via Active Directory or from the machine's System Properties/Computer Name dialog? This is true whether you are using the local admin account or not. I have computers that I've moved out of OU's that still keep OU's GPO's.

I've moved them back into the OU and removed the check from Enforce and Link Enable. I have noticed if you delete the policy from GPM they will never go away.

it's kinda like ophaned printers, but I can't remove them. Driver Name: Print Class Guid: Driver Date: 06/21/2006 Driver Version: 6.3.9600.16384 Driver Provider: Microsoft Driver Section: NO_DRV Driver Rank: 0x FF0000 Matching Device Id: PRINTENUM\Printer Connection Outranked Drivers: oem10.inf:lptenum\zebra_technologiesztf6FF0001 oem14.inf:lptenum\zebra_technologiesztf6FF0001 c_swdevice.inf: SWD\Generic Raw:00FF3001 Device Updated: false EDIT: I believe I found my fix here: