Windows 10: How to use USB Device in XP VM running on Windows 10

  1.    31 Dec 2015 #1

    How to use USB Device in XP VM running on Windows 10


    Hi,

    I have a Hyper-V VM running windows XP inside a Windows 10 host. The VM works fine and can access the local network and also the Internet via an External Virtual Switch - So far, so good.

    My problem is that I need to connect a Sony Clie PDA to the VM. This device connects by USB, but has no drivers for Win 7 or upwards, therefore I am trying to see if I can use it on the XP VM. Considering that there are no native Windows 10 USB drivers available for this device for the host system, but I DO have the XP USB drivers, is there any way that I can access this device by USB from within the XP VM??

    Any help would be very much appreciated.....

    Regards,
    Mike
    Last edited by Mike Craft; 31 Dec 2015 at 05:44. Reason: Spelling Mistake
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  2.    07 Jan 2016 #2

    Mike Craft said: View Post
    Hi,

    I have a Hyper-V VM running windows XP inside a Windows 10 host. The VM works fine and can access the local network and also the Internet via an External Virtual Switch - So far, so good.

    My problem is that I need to connect a Sony Clie PDA to the VM. This device connects by USB, but has no drivers for Win 7 or upwards, therefore I am trying to see if I can use it on the XP VM. Considering that there are no native Windows 10 USB drivers available for this device for the host system, but I DO have the XP USB drivers, is there any way that I can access this device by USB from within the XP VM??

    Any help would be very much appreciated.....

    Regards,
    Mike
    Hi there

    I have a similar piece of software (or at least the same problem) -- a Minidisc recorder system. What I did was to use VMWARE workstation (player should also work) to create the XP VM and then from the Minidisc's software disc (still have it) install the driver directly on the XP VM.

    Note - so long as the HOST can access the USB controller the XP VM driver will manage the hardware. Same method also works for an old but very good Photo (negative) scanner and some Vinyl recording software I have for cutting vinyl records.

    I'm not sure if using HYPER-V is a good choice when you need to add this type of hardware as the HYPER-V was more intended for server or basic simple type VM's rather than VM's where you need to add special hardware.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  3.    09 Jan 2016 #3

    jimbo45 said: View Post
    Hi there

    I have a similar piece of software (or at least the same problem) -- a Minidisc recorder system. What I did was to use VMWARE workstation (player should also work) to create the XP VM and then from the Minidisc's software disc (still have it) install the driver directly on the XP VM.

    Note - so long as the HOST can access the USB controller the XP VM driver will manage the hardware. Same method also works for an old but very good Photo (negative) scanner and some Vinyl recording software I have for cutting vinyl records.

    I'm not sure if using HYPER-V is a good choice when you need to add this type of hardware as the HYPER-V was more intended for server or basic simple type VM's rather than VM's where you need to add special hardware.

    Cheers
    jimbo
    Hi Jimbo,

    Thanks for your reply. I have come to the same conclusions about Hyper-V as well. It is a good feature and generally works quite well, but has quite a few restrictions when using it with "legacy" operating systems such as XP. I will give VMWARE a try and see how I get on.

    Regards,
    MIke
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  4.    11 Jan 2016 #4

    Mike Craft said: View Post
    Hi Jimbo,

    Thanks for your reply. I have come to the same conclusions about Hyper-V as well. It is a good feature and generally works quite well, but has quite a few restrictions when using it with "legacy" operating systems such as XP. I will give VMWARE a try and see how I get on.

    Regards,
    MIke
    Hi there

    Any Luck !!

    VBOX is also another possibility - although I've stuck with VMWARE over the years. VBOX is free as is VMWARE's VMplayer.

    Cheers
    jimbo
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  5.    13 Jan 2016 #5

    Hi Jimbo,

    Thanks for asking, but I have not had chance to play around with it yet. I will have a go in the next few days and let you know what happens.

    Regards,
    Mike
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