Bluetooth Headphones with Dell XPS 9550 & Dell Wireless 1830 Card

I have a Dell XPS 9550 laptop with Windows 10, which uses the Dell Wireless 1830 Wifi + Bluetooth card. My bluetooth mouse connected and worked fine. I tried to connect a Plantronics Backbeat 505 bluetooth headphones to the laptop, it would pair but not connect. After much trial & error the solution is this:

  1. Download and install Dell Wireless 1830 Bluetooth Application (Communications_Application_8R3ND_WN32_12.0.1.720_A00.EXE) 
  2. Update the drivers for Dell Wireless 1830 Bluetooth via Windows Update

And this worked! Hurray!


Update 1: The bluetooth headphones are still working but the audio is a bit choppy. I don’t have a solution for that yet.

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Windows 10 and Num lock

After you install Windows 10 you’ll notice that the num lock will be off during start up. Use this Registry hack to fix that:

  1. Open regedit.exe
  2. Go to “HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Keyboard”
  3. Find the key “InitialKeyboardIndicators”, it should be “2147483648”
  4. Change it to “2147483650” (which is just the old value + 2)

Voila! 🙂

Windows 10 and SSD

My Windows 7 desktop was getting a little slow and since I had reserved my free copy of Windows 10 I decided to upgrade. I also decided to switch to SSD. Since the Windows 10 upgrade was free there’s no license key so you have to upgrade your Windows 7 installation and then you can do a clean install.

Here are my steps:

  1. Backup my Windows 7 hard drive
  2. Upgrade to Windows 10
  3. Download the Windows 10 ISO
  4. Switch to SSD
  5. Install Windows 10
    1. When it asks for you a license key, press skip. Windows will activate automatically.
  6. Voila!

After that I followed these instructions to optimize the SSD usage; move pagefile, disable indexing, etc.

I also moved the entire User profiles directory to my second drive with these instructions. Additionally I noticed that some apps (OneDrive) was still looking for C:\Users so I created a symlink back to D:\Users.