I am seeing a strange situation for the 1st time - just never ran into this before & it was not happening with the older version of Vmware I used before either. Host OS is Ubuntu Mate 18.04.2 running Vmware 15 with an XP guest & 1 USB printer as well as 1 networked printer. The networked printer is fine everywhere, 100% of the time - but when the guest OS is running it takes full control of the USB printer - actually disconnects it from the host until the guest OS is closed. That results in any print jobs sitting in queue until the guest OS is closed, or that printer is manually told to disconnect from the guest. My query: Short of connecting the (now) USB printer via network - is there some way to either automate this or to simply make it work for both OSes full time ?? Thanks for any helpful replies !!