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I got a WACOM STU500 which is working fine under Windows 10 without installation of any drivers. If the tablet can be found, can be tested with the tool available under http://gsdt.wacom.eu/support/STU-Utilities.xml

Now I want to make use the tablet under a Windows 7 VM, but the tablet is not found by VMware Player 12.5.8. When I go to "Player -> Removeable devices, the tablet is not shown here...

According to this information, theres no driver needed for Win 7: http://gsdt.wacom.eu/download/Wacom-STU-Tablet-Driver.xml

Any ideas what I'm missing?

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The documentation from VMware (this particular page is for VMware Workstation 9, but it should be generally applicable) says:

By default, USB HIDs, such as USB 1.1 and 2.0 mouse and keyboard devices, do not appear in the Removable Devices menu in a virtual machine, even though they are plugged in to USB ports on the host system.

The Wacom tablet likely falls into this category. As instructed by the documentation:

  1. Power off the VM.
  2. Open the settings for the VM.
  3. Select the USB controller, check "Show all USB input devices.", click OK.
  4. Power on the VM.

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