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I installed Linux, Windows XP and Chrome OS in VMware Workstation 7 and in every OS the USB host doesn't work. When I start some of the Operating Systems this message shows up:

Host USB device connections disabled

The connection to the VMware USB Arbitration Service was unsuccessful. Please check the status of this service in the Microsoft Management Console.

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What can I do? What do I need to install to make the USB host work? I use Windows 7 as the host OS.

EDIT: if you have some programs from Sony or Sony Ericsson installed, go to Device Manager, then Drivers and set the certificate to Microsoft. See this:

http://ericwijaya.wordpress.com/2010/03/12/VMware-USB-cannot-connect-to-host-USB/ (thanks to http://superuser.com/users/33890/user33890)

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Did you check the status of this service in the Microsoft Management Console? –  Marcin Jan 17 '10 at 22:47
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http://ericwijaya.wordpress.com/2010/03/12/vmware-usb-cannot-connect-to-host-usb/

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thank you soo much for answering and helping me...it means a lot :) thanks –  Kvizii Jun 18 '10 at 16:58
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I face that problem as well on windows7 host, Just go to services and start the service name "VMWare USB Arbitration Service"

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Hey guys I restored the usb root hub drivers to Microsoft and then I uninstaller vmware.After uninstalling vmware i tried to install vmware again and after that...IT FINALLY WORKED!!! try that and good luck from me...finally my vmware work like it should do. :)

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It worked for me to get in: start> run Type services.msc

Search for VMware USB Arbitrator Service Clicking the button RIGHT Arrow and click start.

It was not necessary to reboot the machine.

After that I started the VMware virtual machine and has displayed the message from a USB device connected! Listen Read phonetically

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Please keep in ming the Superuser (and all SE sites) are an English Community. Please use english next time. –  Bobby Sep 18 '10 at 15:21
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