FIX: Windows 10 failed to remove Bluetooth device

By: Madeleine Dean
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If Windows 10 won’t remove your Bluetooth devices, there’s no need to panic. This is actually quite a common problem among users and the good news is that there are a few solutions that you can use to fix it.

Can’t remove Bluetooth device on Windows 10? Here are 5 fixes

1. Uninstall Bluetooth devices

Hidden Bluetooth devices may prevent you from removing other Bluetooth devices. Set your Device Manager to show all hidden devices, uninstall them, and restart the computer. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to do that:

  1. Go to Start > type “Device Manager” > double click the first result
  2. Select the View tab > click on Show hidden devicesshow hidden bluetooth devices
  3. Uninstall the Bluetooth devices (right-click on them and then select Uninstall)uninstall bluetooth drivers
  4. Restart your PC (all Bluetooth devices will re-appear after your reboot the computer) and check if the issue persists.

2. Set Bluetooth services to automatic

  1.  Press the Windows  and R keys at the same time to launch Run
  2. Type services.msc > hit Enter
  3. Check if the Bluetooth Support Service is turned on and set to Automatic
  4. If this is not the case, simply right-click on Bluetooth Support Service and go to Propertiesstart bluetooth services automatic
  5. Use the drop-down menu to set Bluetooth services to Automatic.

3. Use the built-in troubleshooter

Windows 10 also comes with a built-in troubleshooter that helps you fix a series of general technical issues.

  1. Go to Settings > Troubleshoot > select Bluetooth
  2. Run the troubleshootercan't remove bluetooth devices windows 10
  3. You can also run the Hardware & Devices troubleshooter, located just below the Bluetooth troubleshooter.

If the issue persists, go to the next solution.

4. Update your drivers

You can install the latest driver updates on your computer by  launching the Device Manager. Right-click on the Bluetooth device that you want to update and select ‘Update driver’.

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You can also use Windows Update to automatically download and install the latest system updates, including the newest drivers.

Go to Settings > Update & Security > click on the ‘Check for updates’ button and install the available updates.

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We also strongly recommend TweakBit’s Driver Updater (approved by Microsoft and Norton) to automatically download all the outdated drivers on your PC. It’s a great tool which scans for updates as antivirus scans for threats. This tool will keep your system safe as you can manually download and install the wrong driver version.

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5. Remove other wireless devices from the room

In rare cases, other wireless or Bluetooth devices may interfere with the Bluetooth device that you’re trying to remove. If possible, make sure that there are no other wireless devices located near the Bluetooth device that you want to remove.

6. Clean your Registry

Missing or corrupted registry keys may prevent you from removing Bluetooth devices. This problem may occur if third-party software or malware operated inappropriate changes in the Bluetooth Registry keys.

The simplest way to repair your registry is to use a dedicated tool, such as CCleaner or Wise Registry Cleaner. Don’t forget to first backup your registry in case anything goes wrong.

You can also use Microsoft’s System File Checker to check for system file corruption. The utility verifies the integrity of all protected system files and repairs files with problems when possible. Here’s how to run an SFC scan:

1. Go to Start > type cmd > right-click Command Prompt > select Run as Administrator

2. Now type the sfc /scannow command

3. Wait for the scanning process to complete and then restart your computer. All corrupted files will be replaced on reboot. Try to remove the device again to see if this method solved the problem.

We hope that these quick solutions helped you fix this annoying Bluetooth issue.

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