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Bluetooth headsets and XP and SP2

02/24/07 | by david2 [mail] | Categories: Geek

If you're planning on using a bluetooth headset just be warned: it ain't smooth sailing. The issue is that XP2 is it installs its own microsoft drivers called "microsoft enumerator", and those drivers do not work with many (or any) headsets.

And here is the real issue: you cannot uninstall the microsoft drivers. If you do, they'll re-install, and if you disable them, they'll still claim the bluetooth radio, whether they're disabled or not. You'll see the old and the new drivers, but the new driver properties will claim that there's no bluetooth present.

So what to do?

The answer is to go through the update drivers but you do NOT let microsoft pick the drivers. The specific instructions for getting it right are here:


Now I have the correct drivers, and they work, mostly. I still can't figure out why it constantly beeps the beep that means voice tag not found but I'll figure it out.


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