Why can't I access USB in my Virtual Machine?

Episode 1449 (2:32:11)

Steve from Upland, CA

Steve has a Windows 10 machine that he also runs Hyper-V Virtual Machine on, but he loses access to his USB ports in doing so. How can he access USB through Virtual Machine? Leo says it could be in the settings. VMWare has that access. He should look in the settings and see if he has to enable and assign it.

The chatroom says that Microsoft wants you to use Remote Desktop to pass it along. That seems counter-intuitive, but it may be that Microsoft didn't want to compete with VMWare.

He can also try the open source VirtualBox. That may be the best option if he doesn't want to pay for VMWare. VMWare does have a free trial version, though.