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Windows 7: adding a USB Port to Windows 7 inside VirtualBox

07 Sep 2012   #1

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
adding a USB Port to Windows 7 inside VirtualBox

I want to add a Fuji Xerox USB printer to Windows 7. I believe it is a GDI printer meaning most of the processing happens on the PC and so the driver is responsible for doing most of the work.

Since such a driver is not available on Ubuntu, I have my Windows 7 as a "guest" operating system on Virtual Box on Ubuntu.

There is a VirtualBox filter to allow the Fuji Xerox USB printer to be seen by Windows and in fact, Windows does detect the printer and it appears to use a default Microsoft USB Printer Driver which of course will not work for the type of printer that absolutely must have a Fuji Xerox driver. There is no point in upgrading that driver since the attempt to upgrade will just indicate that it is already the latest Microsoft USB Printer Driver.

The manufacturer's readme file says to "Add a Local Printer" but the problem is that the only ports visible when I add a printer are COM and LPT. I do not see a USB type of port. (As an experiment, I installed the driver on another pure Windows 7 computer and I can see that the port being used is a USB Virtual Printer Port named USB001. Yes, it prints on that computer. I cannot recall how I installed it . I have also installed this driver on a couple of Dell desktop Win 7 machines and a Samsung RF711 laptop Win 7 dual booting. I've always found a way to use my printer from those other Win 7 setups.)

Presently, I'm using the same hardware, the Samsung, but instead of dual booting, I am using VirtualBox because dual-booting was a hassle and a slow way to print to the Fuji Xerox.

How do I add a USB port to a Windows 7 inside a Virtual Box?

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07 Sep 2012   #2

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit

First be sure to have installed the Oracle Extension for VirtualBox.

You have to go to the Virtual Box "Machine", "Settings", "USB" dialog. In there, enable the checkbox for USB 2.0 EHCI Controller.

Create a USB Filter specific to the printer by simply selecting the printer from the list of USB devices.

Then when you go to "Add a Printer" the Port "USB001 Virtual Printer Port" will appear.
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