Best and free way to setup a COM1 serial connection for software that MUST run on Windows XP. Setup Windows XP VM on Windows 8 Hyper-V. Found some workarounds using named pipes and serial over TCP/IP (most were about Server 2008). Hoping since those were asked and answered that a better and/or easier solution is around for Windows 8. I am also familiar with virtual box (Oracle) so if that is a better Windows XP solution for software that needs COM1 then please advise solution using it. Either or both as long as I can get COM1 working for a VM on Windows8--thank you.