If you have installed Service Pack 2 of Windows XP, the Microsoft Bluetooth stack will automatically be included in your download. With the stack, you will have the support needed to run the applications used by many Bluetooth-enabled devices, including printing, data transfer and serial connections. In order to use the Microsoft Bluetooth stack, you will need an available USB port, because the stack does not work with PCMCIA cards.

1. Plug your Bluetooth adaptor into an open USB port on your PC and allow Windows to detect the device. Keep in mind that you should always use the same USB port for the Bluetooth adaptor, because you’ll have to reset your settings each time you change it.

2. Name the PC when the Windows new hardware wizard pops up on the screen. This name will be used to allow you to recognize the PC when it communicates with Bluetooth devices. Follow the wizard’s installation steps.

3. Click on the Bluetooth icon on your desktop after installation is complete. This will open the main menu of the stack and allow you to pair with another Bluetooth-enabled device.

4. Choose “Add a Device” to allow the application to find Bluetooth devices in range. Select your device from the available options that come up. You will need to choose a passkey prior to pairing the Bluetooth with the device.

5. Make your PC visible with the “Send” and “Receive” file options in the Bluetooth stack. For example, if you want to send a file to your PC from your Bluetooth-enabled PDA, select “Receive File” to make the connection. You can send files from your PC by choosing “Send File” from the main stack menu.

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