Did you ever forget your USB stick at work, and then realized at home that you badly needed some files on it? If so, then this free tool is for you. pcwUnstick is a Visual Basic script from PC WELT, a German computer magazine. The script opens a pop up window whenever you shut down your PC if a USB-stick is still plugged-in. It works with Firewire hard disks too.
The installation instruction at their web site is in German. Basically, you just have to add the script to your logoff scripts with the group policy editor gpedit.msc. I wrote down below a detailed instruction in English. Looks pretty complicated, but it should only take you a minute or so.
- Download pcwUnstick.
- Start the exe file.
- A popup window informs you that there’s no guarantee that the script will work properly. You can contact the author of the program, if you have problems with it. I used this script for a while and it worked fine.
- WinZip Self-Exractor will start then. Click on “Extrahieren”. The uncompressed script will be copied to C:\pcwelt. You can then close WinZip.
- Click on Windows Start Button, then run, then type gpedit.msc
- Go to User Configuration->Windows Settings->Scripts
- Double click on “Logoff”.
- Click on “Show files”. The folder, where your local logoff scripts are stored, will open.
- Drag and drop the pcwUnstick.vbs from C:\pcwelt to this folder. You can close the folder now.
- Click on “Add” in the Logoff Properties Windows, browse for pcwUnstick.vbs and click OK.
If you are not the only one in your company, who forgets his USB-stick every now and then, you could add this logon script to all your company’s PCs using Group Polices. I didn’t try this though.