Repair missing Wireless 355 Bluetooth on Dell Inspiron with Windows 7

After upgrading my wife’s Dell Inspiron 1525 to Windows 7 this weekend, I discovered that the Bluetooth had stopped working. Downloading the driver from the Dell site did nothing, which was not too surprising considering that nothing was showing up in Device Manager.

After a little googling, I managed to stumble upon the solution in a Dell support article. Turns out if the Bluetooth is off during an upgrade, you need to run a small application to re-enable it. I ran the download (only 153KB) and Windows 7 found the Bluetooth and installed it automatically within a couple of seconds. Since I have the RTM earlier than most, I thought I’d share this info in case others have the same problem.

6 comments

  1. Sarp xps m1330 says:

    After trying out and exhausted every single solution offered or I can think of… I googled the NET for a last time. That patch works like magic. W7 saw my bluetooth installed drivers and initiated the devices automatically under 20 seconds.

    Thanks dude… Thanks a lot…

  2. Richard Tran says:

    Thank you a lot for this magic work. I spent hours searching for this and finally came to this website. Thank you so much for your help. You saved me a lot of headache. šŸ™‚

  3. Mauricio G. says:

    Thanks a lot. It is really nice when someone post a correct and precise answer, rather than a lot of useless stuff. Just wished it ranked higher so i didn't waste so much time.

    GREAT POST!

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