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Bluetooth Wireless Technology FAQ - 2012

July 24, 2012


This FAQ provides information about Bluetooth wireless technology support for the Windows family of operating systems. It is intended primarily for independent hardware vendors (IHVs) who are new to the Bluetooth ecosystem on Windows and addresses topics of interest to both hardware and software developers.

This information applies to the following operating systems:

Windows 8

Windows 7
Windows Vista
Windows XP

References and resources discussed here are listed at the end of this paper.

The current version of this paper is maintained on the Web at:
Bluetooth Wireless Technology FAQ - 2012

Disclaimer: This document is provided “as-is”. Information and views expressed in this document, including URL and other Internet website references, may change without notice. Some information relates to pre-released product which may be substantially modified before it’s commercially released. Microsoft makes no warranties, express or implied, with respect to the information provided here. You bear the risk of using it.

Some examples depicted herein are provided for illustration only and are fictitious. No real association or connection is intended or should be inferred.

This document does not provide you with any legal rights to any intellectual property in any Microsoft product. You may copy and use this document for your internal, reference purposes.

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Document History



July 24, 2012

Updated information about Windows 8

January 15, 2010

Updated for 2010

August 27, 2008

Updated for 2008

September 17, 2007

First publication


Introduction 3

General Operating System Support 4

Bluetooth Host Radio Support 11

User Interface 17

Windows Hardware Certification Program 20

Resources 21

Appendix A: How to Install an In-Box Bluetooth Driver on New Hardware in Windows Vista 23

Appendix B: An Example of a Vendor-Provided INF File for Use in Windows Vista 27

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