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I had a Boot Camp partition with Windows 7 on my 2008-era MacBook Pro, and everything worked fine.

I have a new MacBook Pro. I partitioned it using the Boot Camp Assistant, and then I copied my old Boot Camp partition using Winclone. After booting into Windows on the new Mac, I ran the Boot Camp Windows Support stuff, which supposedly installed current drivers. Almost everything works fine: I have the hi-res display, trackpad works fine, sound works fine, etc.

However, Bluetooth isn't working at all. When I try to add a device, no Bluetooth devices appear in the list. In Device Manager, the "Apple Broadcom Built-in Bluetooth" icon has a yellow warning triangle on it.

I tried uninstalling that driver and then re-running the Boot Camp Windows Support setup, but I'm back to the same situation.

Any suggestions? (Other than reinstalling Windows and all my Windows applications from scratch.)

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Apparently the problem is that the "Apple Broadcom Built-in Bluetooth" driver is not the right one for the new hardware. Here's what I did to fix it:

  • Open Device Manager, open the Bluetooth Radios subtree, right-click the "Apple Broadcom Built-in Bluetooth" icon, and choose the "Update Driver Software..." menu item.
  • Choose "Browse my computer for driver software"
  • Choose "Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer"
  • Select "Apple Inc." for Manufacturer, and "Apple Built-in Bluetooth" for Model, and click Next.

After the driver installed, "Apple Broadcom Built-in Bluetooth" had been replaced by "Apple Built-in Bluetooth" and "Microsoft Bluetooth Enumerator" in the Bluetooth Radios subtree of Device Manager, and I was then able to use the Add a device wizard to set up my Bluetooth mouse and keyboard.

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Excellent answer! +1 –  ing0 Sep 14 '12 at 9:50
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