USB 3.0 support for Windows 7 virtual machine in VMware Workstation and VMware Fusion
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USB 3.0 support for Windows 7 virtual machine in VMware Workstation and VMware Fusion


Article ID: 344598


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VMware Desktop Hypervisor


  • Unable to passthrough USB 3.0 devices in Windows 7 virtual machine
  • Windows 7 virtual machine does not recognize USB 3.0 devices


VMware Fusion Pro 10.x
VMware Workstation Player 16.x (Windows)
VMware Fusion 12.x
VMware Workstation Pro 15.x (Windows)
VMware Workstation Pro 14.x (for Windows)
VMware Fusion 8.x
VMware Workstation Pro 14.x (for Linux)
VMware Fusion 11.x
VMware Workstation Pro 16.x (Linux)
VMware Fusion Pro 8.x
VMware Fusion Pro 11.x
VMware Fusion 10.x
VMware Fusion Pro 12.x
VMware Workstation Pro 15.x (Linux)


There are no native USB 3.0 drivers available for Windows 7. This does not allow the host USB 3.0 devices to be used in the virtual machine.


VMware introduced support for USB 3.0 xHCI controllers with VMware Workstation 8, however the compatibility was limited to NEC xHCI driver. Starting with VMware Workstation 9.x and Fusion 5.x, support was extended to all USB 3.0 controllers, if the virtual machine was running Windows 8. Windows 8 provided native USB 3.0 drivers for all USB controllers.

VMware Workstation Pro 12.x and VMware Fusion 8.x introduces USB 3.0 support for Intel controllers in Windows 7 virtual machines. To use the USB 3.0 devices in a Windows 7 virtual machine, download and install the latest Intel USB 3.0 controller drivers.

Note: Please take a backup of the virtual machine before making any following suggested changes.

To download and install the drivers:

  1. Shut down the virtual machine.
  2. Open the virtual machine settings.
    • For VMware Workstation: Select VM > Settings.
    • For VMware Fusion: Select Virtual Machine > Settings.
  3. Change the USB Controller compatibility to 3.0.
    • For VMware Workstation:
      1. Select USB Controller.
      2. Change USB compatibility to 3.0.
      3. Click OK to save and exit the settings.
    • For VMware Fusion:
      1. Click USB & Bluetooth.
      2. Expand Advanced USB options.
      3. Change USB compatibility to 3.0.
      4. Close settings.
  4. Power on the virtual machine.
  5. Download the drivers from Intel Download Center.
  6. Save the drivers to any folder on the virtual machine.
  7. After the download is complete, double click the downloaded file to start the installation.
  8. Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the installation.
  9. Reboot the virtual machine.

Note: The preceding link was correct as of November 7, 2017. If you find the link is broken, provide a feedback and a VMware employee will update the link.

Additional Information

Best Practices for virtual machine backup (programs and data) in VMware Fusion
Best practices when backing up a VMware Workstation virtual machine
VMware Workstation および VMware Fusion における Windows 7 仮想マシンの USB 3.0 サポート