The COM ports on a virtual machine provide serial connections. This type of port is most commonly used to transfer data for debugging purposes or to capture the output of virtual machine. You can select one of the following to attach to a COM port:

To configure a COM port for a virtual machine
  1. Open the settings for the virtual machine. Do one of the following:

    • In the Virtual Machines folder, right-click the name of the virtual machine, and then click Settings.

    • From the virtual machine window, click the Tools menu, and then click Settings.

  2. In the left pane of the Windows Virtual PC Settings page, click the name of an available COM port. For example, COM 1.

  3. In the right pane, select the type of connection you want to make and provide the additional details. For example, specify the full path and name for the named pipe or text file.

  4. Click OK to save the change.

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