Using not supported USB (2.0) devices on Vista

In the last post I spitted over HP for not supplying Vista drivers for one of their scanners I own. I won't repeat my disappointment again, rather I'll supply a solution. No, it is not buying a newer scanner from HP.

It is far easier - use [VMWare] Workstation 6.0 (currently in beta) that supports USB 2.0 devices. I tested and it works almost flawlessly. The only trick is that you have to attach USB device during Windows XP (yes, the guest is XP SP2) boot process - otherwise guest machine will freeze for some reason (it is in beta, so it is normal to have bugs). Also I am not sure whether USB 2.0 is supported in their free [VMWare] Player product.

It turns out that [VMWare] Workstation 6.0 is a very valuable solution for Vista upgrade situation, too (besides the obvious advantages) as you can use not supported USB 2.0 devices (and perhaps others) within a virtual machine hosted on Vista.

Comments (5) -

  • Bojan Vrhovnik

    1/29/2007 2:11:11 PM | Reply

    well, it is a solution, but it requires a install of another software on your pc...

  • Miha Markic

    1/29/2007 2:41:19 PM | Reply

    Indeed. I am all ears for a better solution.

  • Miha Markic

    2/3/2007 2:39:54 PM | Reply

    I think I've tried that too, it didn't want to install...
    I'll take a look at VueScan though.

  • Miha Markic

    2/3/2007 2:52:50 PM | Reply

    Nope, VueScan won't work either as it needs HP libraries.