1. Installed fresh raspberry pi OS with default settings
  2. created empty ssh file in root folder
  3. in config.txt commented original dtoverlay and did put dtoverlay=dwc2
  4. cmdline.txt did put modules-load=dwc2,g_ether after rootwait
  5. Connect USB to USB port (not power)
  6. Windows does the sound when some device is connected
  7. Wait about 2 mins

when I do ssh via putty

Unable to open connection to raspberrypi.local Host does not exist

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resolved this. If your PI recognised as a COM port device, you will need to install extra drivers

  1. RNDIS Driver
  2. Bonjour Service (Apple Inc.)

Then your PI will be recognised a network device and then ssh should start to work

more: https://www.factoryforward.com/pi-zero-w-headless-setup-windows10-rndis-driver-issue-resolved/


I noticed you said the usb was not the power-port. If you connect the usb-c power-port it can provide power and data. Maybe an interesting solution for you?

If you like to have an introduction to this, watch this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3qn1nqw-Gw this is focussed on iPad, but it should work with Windows in a similar way.

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