I got Virtual Box downloaded from Sun Microsystems for free and it does work with USB devices. For me I needed a way to get my HP4200C USB scanjet working again while using Vista. While it did work, I hated the extra subsystem that got loaded up when Vista booted up just to have XP for my use when ever I needed my non-working Vista HP4200C USB Scanjet.
On my PC, Virtual Box ran faster than MS Virtual PC 2007. But that's a moot point NOW! Today I just wanted to play around with my HP4200C scanjet because my wife's old XP pc is dying and her replacement PC runs Vista like mine. Soon I'd have NO XP system to run the HP4200C Scanjet with. A month ago I noticed the HP4200C Scanjet driver package version 2.02.2000 installed on Vista with some warning of being a unsigned driver but it installed. Under Device Manager Vista said it was a WORKING device but the HP Prescision LT Scan program could not detect the old HP4200C and then I gave up.
So bascially I had a non-working HP4200C Scanjet since February 2007 when my desktop XP system got replaced by a HP Laptop running Vista. So after 29 months my attempt to revive the HP4200C Scanjet worked!
Here's my notes that I can remember on what, how and with what?
1. Used sj655en.exe download from HP
2. USB attach the HP4200C Scanjet
3. Device Manager says Imaging device HP4200C Scanjet is working
4. Driver info shows I'm using software version 2.02.2000
5. Driver info shows the driver version 22.214.171.124 date 1/8/2002
6. Digital Signer shows NOT digitally signed
I imported scans from the following programs:
Photoshop Elements 6.0
The HP Precision LT Scan software results:
Scan to Email - works Outlook translated to Thunderbird email and created the attachment file correctly.
Scan to Copy Utility - worked with my printer with no problems
Scan to File - while it scanned, I couldn't do a "save as", under Vista the prompt for the file name did NOT come up. So I tried overriding by completing the full name at the area where the folder was desginated and it saved! My guess is that the scan program had an interfacing problem on presenting the name of the file with the OK box or cancel.
Well after a couple hours of my HP4200C Scanjet working I decided to put things to rest and try it again tomorrow to see if I was just dreaming about sucessfully saving all of my scans of photos, magazine covers, etc.
I'm not a Windoze tech, just a user who's comfortable with drivers and how they install or not.
Additional info: I tried out Vuescan with and without the HP4200c driver and it couldn't detect the scanner. Their scanner.inf didn't have the HP4200C model but I used the HP4100C instead but it still could detect the scanner so I gave up. Yes, Vuescan is still installed on my Vista system and I have no idea if it influenced the old HP driver to work or not. But I'll remove the Vuescan software tomorrow and go for a retry of the scanner. Hope I get lucky!