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I don't use host USB devices in my guests very often. They used to work in the past, but not any more.

I've read and checked Host USB device fails to function in a VMware Workstation or Player virtual machine (1016809) and "Host USB device connections disabled" in VMware?

Everything there seems normal:

  • no error messages in the windows event log
  • VMware USB Arbitration Service starts normally (the VMware View USB service starts normally too)
  • Guest VMs start fine
  • No messages when starting VMware Workstation

Where should I look further?

Some more information:



  • Windows XP SP3 x86
  • Windows 7 Ultimate x64
  • VMware ESXi 5.0

The USB sticks I tried are the same that used to work before on the clients (about half a year ago).
The USB sticks work fine on the host.

Since then, the host has been kept up to date (Windows, VMware Workstation and VMware View got updated).

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  1. Press Windows key and R to bring up the "Run" dialog box.

  2. Enter cmd

  3. Type this in:

    sc config exfat start= demand
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