13 April 2007
How to use the built in Mac bluetooth in Windows under Parallels
It took me a little while to figure out how to use the built-in bluetooth from my MacBookPro in Windows XP that runs via Parallels, but I found a way to do that. Hopefully these few notes will help other who would be in the same case.
Getting the driver for windows :
- First you need to get the Windows driver for the Mac built-in bluetooth. One is provided by Apple Boot Camp, in order to get it just download the latest version on Boot Camp here.
- Then install the Boot Camp Assistant application and run it.
- You just need to go through the first step of Boot Camp install, the one that will burn a CD with all Windows drivers to be use by Boot Camp. After you got the CD burnt just cancel the install (and you can even delete Boot Camp Assistant).
- Now that you got the CD with all the drivers just install the one for bluetooth, it’s called “AppleBluetoothInstaller.exe”.
(Here is a version of the bluetooth Boot Camp drivers downloaded from Apple on 13 Apr 2007 (from Boot Camp version 1.2 beta), check the Boot Camp website if you want to be sure to get the latest version.)
Install the driver and connect the bluetooth to Parallels
- Install the driver… that should be easy just double click the “AppleBluetoothInstaller.exe” file
- Now you just need to connect the bluetooth in Parallels. Go to the “Devices” menu, then “USB” and pick “Apple – Wireless” (don’t know why they didn’t call that Apple – Bluetooth…)
- After that Windows should detect a new hardware and install the driver we just installed for it, and you should be all set to pair and connect your favorite bluetooth devices in Windows.
I hope these notes helped you, add a comment if you have any question and I’ll try to answer.