Getting Your Bluetooth Headset to Work in XP
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What Profiles Are Supported?

To view the profiles your device supports, you can right-click on the Bluetooth icon located in the system tray (see Figure 17) and select Advanced Configuration.

Figure 17
Figure 17. Viewing configuration information of your Bluetooth device

The Local Services tab will show the profiles your device supports (see Figure 18).

Figure 18
Figure 18. Viewing the profiles your device supports

Configuring Windows to Use the Bluetooth Headset as an Audio Device

Now that the Bluetooth headset is connected to your computer, you need to configure Windows to use it as your audio output and voice input device.

Go to Control Panel -> Sounds and Audio Devices, and in the Audio tab select the Bluetooth Audio item for both the Sound playback and Sound Recording section (see Figure 19).

Figure 19
Figure 19. Configuring Bluetooth Audio for audio

In the Voice tab, select the Bluetooth Audio item for both the Voice playback and Voice recording sections (see Figure 20).

Figure 20
Figure 20. Configuring Bluetooth Audio for voice

Clicking on the "Test hardware" button does not seem to recognize the existence of the microphone on the headset; however, the computer does redirect the sound output to the headset.

To verify that the headset is indeed working, use MSN Messenger. (I used version 7.0.) Click on Tools -> Audio/Video Tuning Wizard, and set both the Microsoft and Speakers to use the Bluetooth Audio (see Figure 21). Click on Next, and you will be able to test the speaker.

Figure 21
Figure 21. Using MSN Messenger to test the headset

You will also be able to speak into the microphone. If you can see the color of the indicator changes (see Figure 22), your headset is working properly.

Figure 22
Figure 22. Testing the microphone

Congratulations! You have now set up the Bluetooth headset and can use it to chat with your friends in MSN Messenger, or make voice calls using Skype.

Wei-Meng Lee (Microsoft MVP) is a technologist and founder of Developer Learning Solutions, a technology company specializing in hands-on training on the latest Microsoft technologies.

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