How to Install Bluetooth Keyboard on Windows 7

Nowadays almost everything is wireless and you no longer have all those cables cluttering your workspace. If you want to use a wireless keyboard, you should opt for one that supports Bluetooth (if your computer comes with Bluetooth) because it doesn’t require an additional receiver that uses an extra USB port.

Being a fan of Microsoft keyboard, I found a slim and small keyboard sold by Microsoft called “Microsoft Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard 6000” that uses Bluetooth for wireless connectivity. Other than that, it is a shorter keyboard because of the separated number pad which will allow the mouse to be closer to my body. I immediately bought it and when I received the keyboard, getting it to connect to my Windows 7 laptop can be quite a challenge because it is not like a USB keyboard where it works right out of the box after you connect to a USB port.

Microsoft Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard 6000

The keyboard comes with a printed guide with setup instructions but without any screenshots which can be a bit challenging for people who has never connected a device through Bluetooth. In fact, I’ve discovered an alternative method where you don’t need to enter a pairing code to connect.

Connect Bluetooth Keyboard using Pairing Code

1. Right click on the Bluetooth icon at notification area and select “Add a Device“.

Add a Bluetooth Device

2. If the keyboard is not discoverable, press and hold the Bluetooth Connect button located at the back of the keyboard.

Bluetooth Connect Button

3. When the keyboard is found, click on the keyboard to select and then click the Next button.

4. The next window will show an eight digit code which you should type on the new keyboard and followed by hitting the ENTER key.

Bluetooth Pairing Code

5. The Bluetooth keyboard should be installed and listed in Bluetooth Devices.

Connect Bluetooth Keyboard without Pairing Code

1. Right click on the Bluetooth icon at notification area and select “Add a Device”.

2. If the keyboard is not discoverable, press and hold the Bluetooth Connect button located at the back of the keyboard.

3. When the keyboard is found, right click on the keyboard and select Properties.

Add a Device Properties

4. There will be a checkbox “Drivers for keyboard, mice, etc (HID)” under Bluetooth Services. Check it and click the Apply button. Wait for the installation to complete and then only click the OK button to close the window.

Bluetooth Services

Here are some of the problems which I’ve encountered when trying to connect a bluetooth keyboard to Windows 7. The Bluetooth keyboard is discoverable but then fails to connect with the error “Adding this device to this computer failed” with two different error messages:

Adding the device failed resulting in an unknown error. The reported error code is: 0x80004005. Contact your device manufacturer for assistance

and…

It took too long to add this device. Devices usually stay in discovery mode for only a short period of time to prevent power drain. Try adding the device again.

When I tried to use the second method, the Bluetooth Services under Keyboard Properties shows a blank panel. The keyboard uses 3 AAA alkaline battery which is included and when I changed to new batteries, the above problems is gone. So keep that in mind that weak battery can cause connectivity problems in Bluetooth keyboard.

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