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How to Access USB Devices in Windows XP Mode of Windows 7?

21 May 2009No Comment

logoWindows 7 supports the virtual Windows XP Mode but it requires hardware virtualization feature to install and run Windows XP Mode in Windows 7. Most of the users don’t know the fact that XP Mode supports USB devices such as printers, scanners and flash drives. If your system supports Windows XP Mode then you can access the external USB devices in virtual Windows XP Mode of Windows 7.

You need to enable the USB devices for Windows XP Mode after attaching USB devices to the physical system. To access the USB devices from virtual Windows XP Mode, refer the following steps:

  1. Run the Windows XP Mode.
  2. Go to USB dropdown menu that appears either in the upper-left hand corner of the XP desktop window (desktop mode), or at the top of the desktop (full-screen mode) and click on the device’s name to enable the device for XP mode. USB Dropdown Menu
  3. Once you finish your work with the USB device you need to release the device so that you can safely remove the device from the host machine. Once again, go to USB dropdown menu and click on the device name to release it.

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