Windows XP support for disabling Bluetooth

Bluetooth is a wireless technology standard which can be used for exchanging data over short distances between two different devices. Bluetooth was originally perceived as a wireless alternative to RS-232 data cables and was created by Ericsson in the year 1994. Now days most of the laptops comes with inbuilt Bluetooth feature.

If you are using Windows XP operating system with service pack 2, you will have the ability to install Bluetooth drivers for the Bluetooth devices detected by the system. However, you might sometimes be faced with a situation where in you need to disable Bluetooth wireless support on your Widows XP. This article contains instructions for doing the same.

Windows XP support instructions

Follow the instructions mentioned below and you will be able to disable the Bluetooth feature in your Windows XP operating system.

  1. Start off with this procedure by clicking the button labeled “Start” which you can see on the left hand corner of your desktop. This button has the picture of Microsoft logo on it. Similar results can also be achieved by pressing the key with Microsoft logo located on your keyboard.
  2. From the start menu click on the option which says “Run”.
  3. Type “sysdm.cpl” in the run text box hit the “Ok” button. This will open up the system properties dialog box.
  4. Go to the tab labeled “Hardware” and select “Device Manager”. This will open up the device manager window.
  5. Locate and expand “Bluetooth Radios” option by clicking on the “+” sign next to it.
  6. Right click on each of the devices listed under Bluetooth Radios, select “Uninstall” from the given menu and hit the “Ok” button.
  7. Close the “Device Manager” window.
  8. Again click on Windows “Start” button. Click on “All Programs” > “Accessories” > “Windows Explorer”.
  9. Browse to “C:\\Windows\Inf”.
  10. Locate the file named “Bth.inf” and right click on it. Select “Rename” from the given menu and change the name of the file from “Bth.inf” to “Bth.inf.old”.
  11. Locate the file named “Bth.pnf” and rename it to “Bth.inf.old
  12. Finally put an end to this procedure by rebooting your system.

That’s all with the instructions given by the Windows XP support team, hope that you have got your Bluetooth disabled.

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