Drag and drop images, media, to or from Windows Phone 7 device directly

To sync your media in Windows Phone 7 device, you have to use your Zune software. However using this trick, you can enable USB drive mode on your Windows Phone 7 phone, use your Windows Phone 7 device as a portable USB drive, explore your Windows Phone 7 media in your Windows 7 explorer and Drag and drop images, videos, media directly to or from Windows Phone 7 device.

Enable USB drive mode on your Windows Phone 7

To enable USB drive mode on your Windows Phone 7 phone, open Windows Registry Editor and navigate to the following key:


Right click USB, select Find and search for ZuneDriver

Now click on Device Parameter, on the key, under which ZuneDriver appears.

In the right panel:

Change value of ShowInShell from 0 to 1. This enables Windows Explorer to show the device when pluged in

Change value of PortableDeviceNameSpaceExcludeFromShell from 1 to 0

Change value of EnableLegacySupport from 0 to 1. This enables Windows Explorer to detect the device

Refresh the registry by pressing F5.

NOW, connect your Windows Phone to your Windows computer. You will be able to see your Zune Phone in the Computer folder under Portable Devices.

Zune software will also start. But to be able to see, explore, navigate your WP7 folder you will have to close Zune.

One you do that, you will be able to see the contents of this folder.

Drag and drop images, videos, media directly to Windows Phone 7 device or vice versa.

Hat tip.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.


  1. BlueManBisaya

    This is a great workaround. Thank you. But why did Windows Phone 7 people hide it in the first place?

  2. chaitanya

    Awesome option explored…thanks

  3. Tanmay

    thakyou so much love you guys i am so happy

  4. hi..
    am using samsung omnia w….i did what you said.. i couldn’t read my folder but my phone read by computer as a storage device… when i click my phone model there is storage icon then i clicked that icon go to blank page….i can’t move any file on it….i hope you understand what am try to said…

    awaiting for you reply..

  5. New User

    Hi. Thank you so much. This worked! I was wondering if there is any way to look at the the files stored by apps through a similar method. I have downloaded a voice recorder (The Listener) and I am unable to see these files in Zune or in this mode and I am not able to use the option to transfer it to PC via the app as there are several errors. Please help!

  6. An

    this works as a breeze thank you sirr! 🙂

  7. Abhishek808000

    awesome sir gr8 job

  8. Hi – did you find a solution for this? I have the same problem!

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