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I would like to make my host computer's webcam available to my guest OS under VirtualBox. Having never shared USB devices between the two before, though, I am a bit skittish about the language in the VirtualBox user guide on USB settings:

As soon as the guest system starts using a USB device, it will appear as unavailable on the host... On a Windows host, you will need to unplug and reconnect a USB device to use it after creating a filter for it

If I were to share my host's integrated webcam, relinquishing control to the guest OS, how would I restore control to the host since I cannot unplug the webcam?

(My host is Win8 and my guest is Win7.)

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I do not know what is possible with VirtualBox but on VMware Workstation in the context menu of the icon of a connected USB device there is Disconnect (Connect to host) which really reconnects the device back to the host. –  pabouk Oct 13 '13 at 0:48

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It means that you should create usb filter, follow this: 1 open the vm setting(this is your win7); 2 goto the USB tab and make sure Enable USB Controller has checked. You can check the USB2.0 but you have to install vmbox extensions; 3 click the add button and select the webcam, done; 4 now you can replug your USB device and start the win7 to see whether is succeed

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