I can't see which model Palm Pilot and well, COM1 is serial and USB is USB. I have some notes about Windows 7 and sync at http://forums.cnet.com/7723-6140_102-399233/note-on-windows-7-palm-desktop-compatibility/?tag=contentBody;threadListing but it looks like the serial sync works still and USB is indeed dead. Bluetooth sync works still. I'm not syncing yet on 8 but I see no reason for it to not work on serial or Bluetooth.
BTW, I just updated a few old PalmOS apps I wrote over a decade ago and the host laptop was Windows 8.
I recently got a new laptop that runs Windows 8.1 and I'm having trouble w/ the Palm HotSync. It still works on my old laptop that ran Windows XP, I have everything installed properly, the sound chimes when I push the button to perform the HotSync, but I just can't get the computer to recognize the PDA (or vice versa). I noticed that "The selected port, COM1, is not available at this time. HotSync Manager will open the port when it becomes available." I've tried all my USB ports to no avail.
Is there anyone who might be able to assist me w/ my attempt to unite my old tech w/ my new tech?