How to modify Windows XP to allow you to use your Zune as a hard drive



November 23rd, 2006

I've had a few questions about how to make a Zune appear like a hard drive when connected to a Windows PC.  Well, I've come across one possible way to do this on Phaleux.com.

  1. Make sure your Zune is not plugged in and your Zune software isn’t running
  2. open up regedit by going to the start menu and selecting “run”. Type regedit32 and hit “OK”
  3. Browse to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\ControlSet001\Enum\USB\
  4. Search for “PortableDeviceNameSpace”. This should be contained in the Vid_####&Pid_####\########_-_########_-_########_-_########\Device Parameters within the above …\USB\ The ##’s listed here will be numbers and letters specific to your Zune
  1. Change the following values:
  2. EnableLegacySupport to 1
  • PortableDeviceNameSpaceExcludeFromShell to 0
  • ShowInShell to 1
  • Plug in your Zune, and make sure the Zune Software starts up.
  • Hopefully at this point you can open up “My Computer” and browse your device, though it does NOT show up as a drive letter.
  • I've not tried this so if anyone out there can try it (backup your registry first!) and let me know how it works out.

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