You cannot add a Bluetooth printer on a Windows XP Service Pack 2-based computer or on a Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005-based Tablet PC

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When you try to add a Bluetooth printer to a computer that is running Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) or to a Tablet PC that is running Window XP Tablet PC Edition 2005, you may experience the following behavior:
  1. The Add Printer Wizard starts, but it does not detect the Bluetooth printer.
  2. When the Add Printer Wizard does not detect the printer, the Bluetooth Control Panel item starts. You see that the printer device is installed.
  3. When you restart the computer, the Found New Hardware wizard starts, and then it prompts you to install the drivers for the Bluetooth printer.
Note Windows XP SP2 features and components are included in Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005.


This problem occurs if you previously installed a Bluetooth printer in the Bluetooth Control Panel item, and then you deleted the Bluetooth printer from Printers and Faxes. When you do this, the printer drivers are removed, but the Bluetooth printer is still listed in the Bluetooth Control Panel item.


To work around this problem, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start, click Run, type bthprops.cpl, and then click OK.
  2. Click the Devices tab.
  3. Click the Bluetooth printer entry.
  4. Click Remove, click Apply, and then click OK.
To add a Bluetooth printer to Printers and Faxes, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start, and then click Printers and Faxes.
  2. Click Add a printer.
  3. Click Next.
  4. Click A Bluetooth printer.
  5. Click Next, and then follow the steps to install the printer driver.
  6. Click Finish.


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.


Article ID: 870701 - Last Review: June 20, 2014 - Revision: 5.0
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