Use the Remote Desktop Connection tool to connect to a networked Windows XP virtual machine

The Settings window doesn't contain any reference to USB devices

Over the past several weeks I have written a series of articles on working with Windows 8's Client Hyper-V with the aim of establishing a working Windows XP environment that will allow migrating users to have something to fall back on as they get used to Windows 8. For your convenience, those articles are listed here:

In the most recent article, I walked you through the steps of creating a virtual machine onto which you would install Windows XP. As you may have noticed while working through the New Virtual Machine Wizard and examining the virtual machine Settings window, shown in Figure A, there was no mention of USB connections. Well, that's because, unfortunately, Client Hyper-V doesn't provide native support for USB connections.

While the lack of USB support in Hyper-V is definitely a huge shortcoming, it's actually by design. That may come as a shock, but the fact is that USB support is not available in Hyper-V Server, because it is incompatible with certain key features, such as Live Migration. Unfortunately, the lack of USB support was passed down to Windows 8's Client Hyper-V.

By Greg Shultz

Greg Shultz is a freelance Technical Writer. Previously, he has worked as Documentation Specialist in the software industry, a Technical Support Specialist in educational industry, and a Technical Journalist in the computer publishing industry.