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Windows Server 2008: Enabling Bluetooth

Microsoft imposed artificial limitations on Windows Server 2008 by disabling Bluetooth right out of the box. Because someone on the Server team decided that servers don’t use Bluetooth, if you’re one of the thousands of people who use WS2008 as a workstation, you’re SOL. Think just installing your Bluetooth drivers, or enabling the “Wireless LAN Services” feature will do it? Think again.

Gil Kirkpatrick posted a solution a couple of weeks ago, and it works like a charm. It involves modifying the INF files from the default WS2008 installation to install the Microsoft Bluetooth Stack on WS2008.

Robert McLaws has gone further, and dump the required steps in a Zip file, since it’s kind of a time consuming process, albeit only for WS2008 x64. All you need to do is:

  • install your BT drivers as normal,
  • unzip the folder to C:\BT
  • open up Device Manager
  • right click any items that still say “Unknown Device” and select “Update Drivers”
  • Select the bottom menu option and browse to the C:\BT folder
  • “Lather, rinse, repeat” for any other Unknown Devices


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