Windows 7 Use Your USB Stick As a Key to Boot Your Windows PC


Honorable Member
I have been searching for a solution to allow boot up only if a third party hardware is connected. For the new tech people. A similar solution was possible during the days of Windows 95 up to Win Me by using Dos.

The idea is to disable all the HDD from booting and enabling USB and once the boot process goes into the USB, then it can be redirected to go into windows, either automatically or manually. This would prevent boot up without having the USB inserted into the machine.

The only article I found came out in 2009 which is in the below link. But there is not detailed explanation about it.

Can anyone come up with ideas for me to try out?


Cloud Security Engineer
Staff member
You would need a Pro license, but you can use a smart card reader and the smart card needs to be plugged in otherwise the computer locks.