Resolving USB Device Installation and Performance Issues
Some USB 2.0 devices (printers, external hard drives, USB keys etc.) may not install correctly or perform as fast as expected on your VirtualBox Windows 7 machine.
To resolve installation and performance issues with your USB 2.0 devices and your Windows Virtual Machine in general:
- Quit VirtualBox: If you have VirtualBox open or your virtual machine running, fully quit the application first
- Upgrade your VirtualBox Software: Upgrade to version 4.0.4 by downloading and installing the software from http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/4.0.4/VirtualBox-4.0.4-70112-OSX.dmg
- Install the VirtualBox VM Expansion Pack: The expansion pack provides support for USB 2.0 devices.
Download and save the VM VirtualBox Expansion Pack from http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/4.0.4/Oracle_VM_VirtualBox_Extension_Pack-4.0.4-70112.vbox-extpack
Double click the downloaded file. VirtualBox will open and prompt you to install the expansion pack.
- Update VirtualBox Guest Additions: Start your Windows 7 Virtual Machine.
Go to “Devices” --> “Install Guest Additions”. Select “Run VBoxWindowsAdditions.exe” and follow-through the installation steps.
Using USB Devices within VirtualBox
To use a USB device within VirtualBox:
- Connect your USB device to your Mac
- On your Desktop, you will see an icon similar to the image below, representing your mounted USB device:
- Drag the mounted USB device icon on your Desktop icon to the trash to unmount the USB device
- In VirtualBox, select "Devices" --> "USB Devices" --> Your Device.
Windows may take a few minutes to install your device driver before displaying the Auto Run window.