The audio output is not automatically routed to a Bluetooth audio device on a Windows Vista-based computer

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When you connect a Bluetooth audio device to a Windows Vista-based computer, the audio output is not automatically routed to the Bluetooth audio device.


This behavior occurs because audio devices in Windows Vista do not dynamically switch when you add a new device, such as a Bluetooth audio device.


To work around this behavior, set the Bluetooth audio device as the default audio device in Windows Vista. To do this, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start
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    Start button
    , and then click Control Panel.
  2. In Control Panel, click Hardware and Sound.
  3. Under Sound, click Manage audio devices.
  4. In the Sound box, click the Playback tab, select the Bluetooth device, click Set Default, and then click OK.
  5. Restart all the multimedia programs that are currently running.


This behavior is by design.


Article ID: 933144 - Last Review: April 24, 2007 - Revision: 2.3
  • Windows Vista Ultimate
  • Windows Vista Enterprise
  • Windows Vista Business
  • Windows Vista Home Premium
  • Windows Vista Home Basic
  • Windows Vista Starter
  • Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit Edition
  • Windows Vista Enterprise 64-bit Edition
  • Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit Edition
  • Windows Vista Business 64-bit Edition
  • Windows Vista Home Basic 64-bit Edition
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