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Some Bluetooth devices will stop working if you install the latest Windows 10 update

BGR — Jacob Siegal

If you’re suddenly having trouble connecting any of your Bluetooth devices to your Windows PC this week, don’t be alarmed — this is by design. As Windows Latest observed on Wednesday, the latest security updates for a variety of Windows OS versions (including Windows 10) feature a patch for Bluetooth devices that Microsoft deems “unsecure.” All versions of Windows 10 received this update, as did Windows 8.1.

If you’re currently using any outdated Bluetooth devices on a regular basis, you may experience issues pairing those devices with your Windows computer once the update is installed. Here’s Microsoft’s description of the issue:

Microsoft’s proposed solution for the issue “contact the manufacturer of your Bluetooth device to determine if a device update [exists].” If there are no updates for the device, you’re out of luck for the time being, unless you just avoid the update altogether or roll back your Windows computer after the update is installed.

The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) entry for the update seems to suggest that only some devices running Android 7.0 or later are affected by the pairing issue, but doesn’t name any specific devices. You can check the Event Log (which Ghacks explains here) to see if your Bluetooth device is failing to pair because of the update. But whatever you do, don’t avoid making your computer safer to use a Bluetooth device.

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