Many of us enjoy the innovations of the modern world, but everything does not go smoothly at the moment when it is most needed, such is the complexity of our lives. Modern laptops use wireless data transfer technology, and now we are not talking about the famous Wi-Fi, but about its older brother, Bluetooth. In this article, we will tell you in detail how to enable bluetooth on Windows 8, and we will also diagnose your transmitter for the latest drivers. The article is recommended only for novice users of the Windows operating system, more experienced users are advised to immediately update the drivers.
What is Bluetooth for?
First of all, it is worth understanding what such a wonderful data transfer technology as Bluetooth is. In fact, this is the same radio receiver in the phone, which, thanks to radio waves, transmits information in digital form as solid zeros and ones. This technology was first required for fast and not very far in spacedata transfer, for example, to transmit an audio signal to wireless headphones, a keyboard, a mouse, anywhere, as long as the Bluetooth versions are the same.
The first version was quite gluttonous, you can even remember the times when, after transferring music from phone to phone, you first turned off Bluetooth so that the battery would not run out so quickly. By the way, it was mobile technologies that gave an incredible impetus to the development of this data transfer technology.
Of the shortcomings, one can only notice that when one device was connected to another, it was possible to enter the file system of both, and then safely delete all files, up to the system ones. However, this problem was solved, but a new one arose: the number of connected devices.
If you have a phone with Bluetooth 4.0 version, then you are unlikely to be able to connect headphones, as well as a keyboard to your gadget, since the number of connected devices is limited, no more than one.
After the release of the Galaxy S9 smartphone, the world got to know a new version - 5.0, which supported many connections, did not require much power. This technology has not yet gained distribution in laptops and other phones. In the next paragraph of the article, we will tell you how to enable bluetooth on Windows 8. The information below is also useful for Windows 10.
Where is bluetooth in Windows 8?
The specifics of the 8th "Windows" is an incredible change in design, compared to the 7th version, where everything was clear. ATThe 8th version is all sharpened exclusively for tablets, as well as laptops that use touch input, so the design has undergone such strong changes, but something has become much more pleasant to use - this is the configuration of the system components, which Bluetooth is, if, of course, it is installed on your computer.
Instructions on how to turn on bluetooth on Windows 8:
- Close all windows and go to a clean desktop. Move your mouse over the right corner of the screen.
- A settings window will appear in front of you, where the "Options" button will be, click on it.
- At the top of the "Parameters" there will be a field for searching by settings, enter "Bluetooth" in it and confirm.
- The first element of the request will be the desired settings item, there you can change the computer name on the bluetooth network, enable or disable visibility, and also receive or send files.
"Windows 8": how to turn on bluetooth if it does not work?
It happens that for some reason your bluetooth transmitter does not want to become visible to other devices, or it just gives an error when sending files - this is the first call that the software components of your computer are slightly outdated, from what is impossible for their stable functioning.
Try updating parts of Windows manually if you have disabled automatic updates, which we highly discourage. If updating the entire operating system did not bring anyexpected results, you need to do the following:
- Go to Device Manager.
- Find your Bluetooth device, it will be easy to find it, because it has the appropriate name.
- Click the right mouse button, the context menu will appear. Click "Update Driver".
- After installing the drivers, be sure to restart your computer.
In the paragraph on how to enable bluetooth in Windows 8, we already said that a timely update of the software component is required, but why? All because of the difference in versions, because it is incredibly difficult for the manufacturer to keep track of each, so he releases a new one about once a year. Previous versions of drivers may work very poorly with devices that have more recent drivers, and in some cases may even refuse to function at all. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you clean your computer with various utilities, as well as keep your drivers up to date.
We hope that after reading this article on how to enable bluetooth on Windows 8, you understand all the intricacies of using a wireless data transfer device. If not, then be sure to go to the website of the manufacturer of your Bluetooth module and read the user manual, which, by the way, will include the latest drivers just for you.