How to Connect an A2DP Bluetooth Stereo Headset With XP

Written by ruri ranbe
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Windows XP can stream audio to an advanced audio distribution profile (A2DP) stereo headset via Bluetooth. XP doesn't have native A2DP support, but computer and Bluetooth adaptor manufacturers develop device drivers that give Windows XP the ability to connect to and communicate with A2DP devices. To connect an A2DP Bluetooth stereo headset to Windows XP, install the latest Bluetooth drivers, install the headset software and connect the device to the PC.

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  1. 1

    Connect the Bluetooth dongle to the USB port on the computer, if applicable. If the computer comes with internal Bluetooth support, go to the computer manufacturer's website. If the computer uses an external Bluetooth adaptor, go to the adaptor manufacturer's website.

  2. 2

    Go to the Download or Support page. Look up the computer or adaptor model and download the driver for the Bluetooth stack from the website.

  3. 3

    Save the file to the desktop. Click "Start." Click "Run." Type "devmgmt.msc" and press "Enter." Click the "+" next to "Bluetooth Radios."

  4. 4

    Double-click "Generic Bluetooth Radio." Click the "Driver" tab, then click "Update Driver." Click "No, Not This Time," then click "Next."

  5. 5

    Click "Install From a List or Specific Location (Advanced)." Click "Next." Click "Don't Search, I Will Choose the Driver to Install." Click "Next."

  6. 6

    Click the "Have Disk" button. Click "Browse" and go to the desktop. Double-click the INF file. Click "Next" to update the Bluetooth driver in Windows XP.

  7. 7

    Install the software that came with the A2DP Bluetooth stereo headset. Follow the directions in the device's manual to make the device discoverable.

  8. 8

    Click "Start." Go to "All Programs," then click "My Bluetooth Places," or double-click the "My Bluetooth Places" icon located on the desktop. Double-click "Bluetooth Setup Wizard."

  9. 9

    Click "I want to Find a Specific Bluetooth Device and Configure How This Computer Will Use Its Services." Click "Next." Select the A2DP Bluetooth headset and click "Next."

  10. 10

    Enter "0000" into the PIN code, if applicable, then click "Initiate Pairing." If "0000" doesn't work, check the headset documentation for the pairing code.

  11. 11

    Check "Headset." Click "Next" to connect the A2DP Bluetooth stereo headset to Windows XP.

Tips and warnings

  • If the file you downloaded is an EXE and not an INF code, double-click the file to install the software instead. If the EXE opens a file extractor, extract the driver files to the desktop.
  • Some Bluetooth device software may revert the Bluetooth stack driver to the original driver. Reapply the stack update if this occurs.

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