Tech, Windows

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.


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.