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Some Windows users are complaining that they are not able to access their Bluetooth as they are not able to find the Generic Bluetooth driver. The issue has been recorded by various users, both running Windows 11 and Windows 10. If you are facing this issue, then you are at the right place, in this article, we are going to see how to resolve this issue with some simple solutions.

Why is the Generic Bluetooth driver missing on my computer?

Generic Bluetooth driver can go missing from your computer if you have intentionally or accidentally uninstalled it. If that’s the case, then reinstalling would be able to resolve the issue, but according to many victims, the issue is persistent even after a number of restarts. Sometimes, the issue is nothing more than the driver being hidden. If that’s the case, then there is nothing to worry about, you will see why.

Generic Bluetooth driver missing in Windows 11/10

If the Generic Bluetooth driver went missing and you want to troubleshoot the issue then start by checking for Optional updates. Sometimes, the new update will automatically download the missing driver and hence will resolve the issue. If the issue persists, then these are the things you can do to resolve the issue.

  1. Check if the Bluetooth driver is hidden
  2. Try Bluetooth Troubleshooter
  3. Install the Bluetooth driver manually

Let us talk about them in detail.

1] Check if the Bluetooth driver is hidden

First of all, we need to check if the driver in question is hidden. To do that, you can follow the given steps.

  1. Open Device Manager by Win + X > Device Manager.
  2. Click View > Show hidden devices.

If you are not able to see the Bluetooth driver then you can move to the next solution, but if there is a driver then there is no need for you to further probe this issue. You can try connecting your Bluetooth, if you fail to do so, fix the Bluetooth issue.

2] Try Bluetooth Troubleshooter

Run Bluetooth Troubleshooter in Windows 11

To troubleshoot this issue, we are going to use Windows Bluetooth Troubleshooter. It is available in both Windows 11 and 10, hence, we have included steps for the versions.

Run Bluetooth Troubleshooter in Windows 11

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Go to System > Troubleshoot.
  3. Click Other troubleshooters.
  4. Then click the Run button placed next to Bluetooth.

Run Bluetooth Troubleshooter in Windows 10

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Go to Update & Security.
  3. Click Troubleshoot > Additional troubleshooters.
  4. Finally, select Printer and click Run the troubleshooter.

It will take some time to complete the process and hopefully, the issue will be resolved.

3] Install the Bluetooth driver manually

Generic Bluetooth driver missing

If the issue persists then you have to install the Bluetooth driver manually. If you know your hardware ID you can easily search your driver online, but if you can’t then we have to search for an appropriate browser for you.

To do that, follow the given steps.

  1. Open Device Manager by Win + X > Device Manager.
  2. Go to your Bluetooth Driver, it will be either under Other devices or Bluetooth.
  3. Right-click on it and select Properties.
  4. Go to the Details tab, and select Hardware Ids from the drop-down menu of Properties.
  5. Look for Hardware ID from the Value section.

Now that, you know your Hardware ID, look for a suitable driver online and install it on your computer.

How do I reinstall Bluetooth Driver?

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To reinstall the Bluetooth Driver, you need to follow the given steps.

  1. Open Device Manager.
  2. Go to Bluetooth.
  3. Right-click on your Bluetooth driver and select Uninstall device.
  4. It will ask you to confirm the action. So, click Uninstall when prompted.
  5. Restart your computer
  6. Now, to reinstall it, open Devices Manager, right-click on Bluetooth and select Scan for hardware changes.

That’s it!

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Generic Bluetooth driver missing

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