If you are here today because you need to know how to enable bluetooth in Windows XP,
you are in the right place! Bluetooth headsets are frequently used to
free hands while speaking on a cell phone. This application is
facilitated by headset profile (HSP) in Bluetooth specification. The
profile can be used for other application as well, this guide will show
you how to use the technology of a Bluetooth headset as an audio input
and output device of a PC. When a Bluetooth device is hooked to a
Computer, it works like a wireless microphone and speaker for an audio
device, such as an Internet softphone (VoIP client), IM, media player,
video conferencing, voice chatting.
If you want to have more features from a headset, you may want to
try a Bluetooth stereo headphone. The setup of this application on a
computer is a lot like that of a Bluetooth headset, but it supports
Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) and Audio Video Remote
Control Profile (AVRCP) in addition to the basic HSP. So it is not just
a microphone and speaker with stereo output, this device also can be
used as a remote control. You can control your media player (i.e. Play,
Stop, Pause, etc.) from your Bluetooth stereo headphone.
For this demo, we used an Akono Bluetooth headset from Sony Ericsson, a PC running Windows XP SP2, and a USB Bluetooth adapter with TOSHIBA
Bluetooth stack. You can follow the general procedure in this article
for configuring similar products from other brands. It basically
consists of device discovery (i.e. to find a Bluetooth headset nearby),
pairing (authentication for creating a secure connection), service
discovery (whether the device supports headset profile) and connection
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Step 1. Open Up Device Manager
To start you want to click start on your windows menu. Click on control panel.
Go ahead and switch your control panel over to classic view by clicking the tab in the upper left hand corner of your screen.
Now that you have it in classic view, double click the icon that says SYSTEM.
Now go ahead and click on the device manager.
Step 2. Overriding The Built In Microsoft Stack
Windows service pack 2 or service pack 3 has built-in Microsoft
Bluetooth stack. But the Microsoft stack doesn’t support headset
profile. To enable bluetooth in Windows XP, you don’t
need to uninstall SP2 and downgrade to SP1. You can install a third
party software on Windows XP SP2, the first choice is the one that
comes with your Bluetooth adapter. The third party software usually has
support for more profiles, including the headset profile.
Right click on Generic Bluetooth Radio and click on Update Driver.
Select the tab that reads. "Install from a list or specific location (Advanced)” Then click Next.
Step 3. Installing Bluetooth headset
The instructions below are given as an example using TOSHIBA stack.
Follow similar steps according to your Bluetooth software.
Turn on your Bluetooth headset, usually by pressing its power/talk
button a bit longer until you hear a beep. Make the headset
discoverable. In our model headset, we push both volume buttons
concurrently until the headset shows blinking green and red lights. For
your headset, follow the directions in its documentation.
Right-click the Bluetooth taskbar icon and select Add New
Connection. Select Express Mode on the Add New Connection Wizard since
a Bluetooth headset only provides headset service. For other Bluetooth
devices such as PC, PDA, and smart phone, you’d better choose Custom
You want to right click the bluetooth symbol in your task bar. On the menu click "Add New Connection.”
Make sure to select the "Express Mode” tab. And hit next.
Now select your Bluetooth Device. Only one should come up
here, unless you have bluetooth devices in your home that are syncing.
It is now connecting, and will look like this.
Step 4. Pairing And Establishing A Connection
At this point you are probably going to be asked for authentication
and is are going to be required to enter a passkey, or PIN. Your PIN
should be in your Bluetooth documentation.
Just enter in your PIN and hit OK.
You will hear a tone from your Bluetooth headset that indicates a
request for confirmation that you will establish a connection between
the headset and the PC. Press the headset power/talk button as a "Yes”.
Enter a connection name of your choice or leave it with its default
When you see this screen go ahead and press your button on your headset.
No go ahead and name your Bluetooth headset. Go ahead and leave it as the default if you want, then hit next.
To start using the Bluetooth headset, go to Bluetooth Settings
window. Double-click your Bluetooth headset connection name. The PC
will be calling the headset. You will hear a signal receiving tone from
the headset. Press the headset power/talk button to confirm.
This is what you will see.
Do as instructed.
You will see on Bluetooth Settings window, the headset icon changes
to show an active connection. At this point, you can start using your
headset for any application. You can disconnect at any time from the
Bluetooth Settings window, by right-clicking the icon and select
Disconnect or simply by turning off the headset.
Notice the Icon changed. That shows that there is a connection.
Step 5. Verifying The Bluetooth Headset Is Installed
Open the Device Manager. On Control Panel, select System. On System
Properties window, select Hardware tab and click Device Manager. You
must see the Bluetooth audio driver under Sound, video and game
You should now see your Bluetooth Headset listed in the Device Manager
On Control Panel, select Sounds and Audio Devices. You must see your
Bluetooth headset already takes over the function of microphone and
speakers of your PC. You can adjust the volume from the Volume tab. And
if you check "Place volume in the taskbar”, simply click the volume
taskbar icon the next time you need to adjust the headset volume.
There you can see the volume control.
There are your voice options.
Step 6. Testing The Bluetooth Headset For Recording And Playback
Make sure that your Bluetooth headset has been working by clicking
"Test hardware” button on Voice tab in Sounds and Audio Devices
Properties window (opened from Control Panel). Follow the instructions
to test the microphone. Speak into the microphone of your Bluetooth
headset, and you will see the Recording voice indicator goes up with
green, yellow and red strips. Click Next to test the speaker.
Here is what the Mic Test looks like.
Speak into the microphone of your Bluetooth headset while hearing
from its speaker. You will see both Recording and Playback voice
indicators go up with green, yellow and red strips.
Here is the speaker Test.
Now, the Bluetooth headset has been working. You are ready to use it
along with your favorite audio application, be it VoIP client (e.g.
Skype), IM (e.g. MSN/Yahoo/AOL Messenger), or media player (e.g.
QuickTime, Windows Media Player, Real Player).Post your comments below!!!!!!!!!!!!!