VMWare Virtual PC for Win7 for XP device driver support?

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VMWare Virtual PC for Win7 for XP device driver support?

Postposted on Sun Oct 09, 2011 2:42 pm

Guys, I have had sleep apnea for a year now, and lucky me; I have central sleep apnea so I have to sleep using an expensive ASV. There is software available to let me read out my sleep data from the night before. It is EncoreViewer 2.0. I just upgraded my laptop to an HP DV6-6140US laptop running Win7 Home Premium 64-bit. EncoreViewer is an XP program. After a lot of fooling around I now know the following:

EncoreViewer can be set up to run in either XP mode or Win7 mode by copying appropriate directories from a working XP installation
EncoreViewer runs fine in Win7 or WinXP64
The EncoreViewer installer immediately chokes will not run in Win7, WinXP64, nor any emulation mode
The smartcard reader for EncoreViewer has a Win7 driver and Win7 says it works
EncoreViewer cannot access the usb smartcard reader regardless of driver

That last is the only problem. So, I am thinking maybe I should try getting either VMWare Workstation Virtual PC for Win7. Since I have used neither one, which in your opinion will be most likely to allow EncoreViewer to gain access to the smartcard reader? There are quite a few users at my favorite sleep apnea website that would also be interested in the answer.

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Re: VMWare Virtual PC for Win7 for XP device driver support?

Postposted on Sun Oct 09, 2011 2:50 pm

I don't know about either of those two, but I can say that the USB pass-through feature of VirtualBox works. Its USB support is rather slow, but as long as you're not moving tons of data it gets the job done.
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Re: VMWare Virtual PC for Win7 for XP device driver support?

Postposted on Sun Oct 09, 2011 3:02 pm

Virtual PC provided with XP Mode for Win 7 Pro and higher also has USB redirect functionality. I put iTunes into the XP Mode VM and update my phones applications and firmware through the virtual machine.
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Re: VMWare Virtual PC for Win7 for XP device driver support?

Postposted on Sun Oct 09, 2011 4:29 pm

No need to pay for VMware Workstation if you want to see if it'll work - VMware Player is free and with version 4 it can import your existing Windows XP Mode virtual machine, so that saves you some work.

edit: never mind on the import - I see you're running Win7 Home Premium and that doesn't allow WinXP Mode. Still, VMware Player is pretty solid and has let you create your own VMs for a couple major versions now.
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Re: VMWare Virtual PC for Win7 for XP device driver support?

Postposted on Sun Oct 09, 2011 8:33 pm

bthylafh wrote:No need to pay for VMware Workstation if you want to see if it'll work - VMware Player is free and with version 4 it can import your existing Windows XP Mode virtual machine, so that saves you some work.

edit: never mind on the import - I see you're running Win7 Home Premium and that doesn't allow WinXP Mode. Still, VMware Player is pretty solid and has let you create your own VMs for a couple major versions now.

I was unaware of the existence of VMware Player. I am downloading it now. I'll let you know how it goes. Thanks!
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Re: VMWare Virtual PC for Win7 for XP device driver support?

Postposted on Sun Oct 09, 2011 10:57 pm

I have installed VMWare Player and installed WinXP Pro inside of it. Hmm, my EncoreViewer software requires Windows Net and DRAT! I cannot access any of the diskspace on the regular system. I guess I will have to do it via USB stick or shared network drives. I hope 10GB was enough total space. Apparently, EncoreViewer needs MS Net installed first; net is a huge hog.

Edit: well Looks like I now have used 2.06GB of 9.98GB and have 7.92GB of remaining free space, so far. Now to find my copy of Net.

Edit: just realized I can set up a virtual folder for file exchanges with the host system. That makes this a lot easier.
Ok: installed MS installer 3.1, then Net 3.5, then EncoreViewer. Finally, do not let XP install the USB driver for the smartcard reader (Infineer DT3500). If it does then uninstall the USB driver and let EncoreViewer take care of that. After all that. It works! I now have used 3.91GB of the space and have 6.07GB left for other programs.
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Re: VMWare Virtual PC for Win7 for XP device driver support?

Postposted on Mon Oct 10, 2011 1:17 am

Thank you guys so much! It works!

Ryu Connor wrote:Virtual PC provided with XP Mode for Win 7 Pro and higher also has USB redirect functionality. I put iTunes into the XP Mode VM and update my phones applications and firmware through the virtual machine.
That is a great way to keep Itunes from dragging down the entire system. Itunes was killing my old XP system, so I uninstalled it. Thanks for the idea.

just brew it! wrote:I don't know about either of those two, but I can say that the USB pass-through feature of VirtualBox works. Its USB support is rather slow, but as long as you're not moving tons of data it gets the job done.
One of my local friends has since mentioned VirtualBox, after I told him I had gotten this to run in VMWare Player.
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