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Windows 7: Drivers running in virtualization?

05 Dec 2009   #1
Sanga

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Drivers running in virtualization?

I'm not entirely sure if this possible and if it some help with it would be greatly appreciated Basically i have a webcam that has drivers soley for 32bit systems my Windows 7 ultimate is a 64bit system and windows wont install the drivers no matter how much i try and force it to. So i setup XP mode and it all works fine, i can run the video capturing software, Windows live messnger etc in XP mode with the USB webcam attaced and it works a treat. However it gets rather odious to have to keep running WLM via XP mode, so i was wondering if there was a way that the webcam's drivers will run in XP mode with it being in the background and then work on windows 7 so that i can use the applications in 7 instead of XP mode. Im not even sure where to start with something like this so if someone could point me in the right direction it would be nice.
Just to clarify as i do know that my written communication skills can be severly lacking sometimes :P, i just want the drivers to run and no applications for XP mode so that windows 7 can recognize the hardware, is it possible or is it not a realistic thing?


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05 Dec 2009   #2
Kari

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Hi Sanga, welcome to the Seven Forums.

Answer to your question is a simple NO.

For your host computer, XP Mode is and acts like a completely different computer which you are using over a Remote Desktop connection. Therefore it is not possible for host to use (emulated) hardware of XP Mode, and vice versa.

Kari
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05 Dec 2009   #3
Sanga

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aah i see, thats a bit of a let down lol looks like i'll have to splash out some cash on a new camera :P
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