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I have a pair of bluetooth headphones that I've successfully paired with my Windows 7 64bit machine and audio plays through them without a hitch. On the Device Stage under the properties of the headphones in troubleshooting it shows "last connected" as "currently connected" even if I power cycle the headphones or after a reboot of my computer. So the Windows bluetooth stack has no trouble finding them.

The problem I have is that whenever the headphones reconnect to my pc they show up as disconnected in the Sound Settings and no sound is routed to them until I manually connect them. I have to go into Sound Settings, then from the Playback tab right click on the headphones and choose the Connect option.

Is there a way to make the Sound Settings connect automatically whenever the headphones are available to Windows?

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up vote 3 down vote accepted

If you right click your volume/speaker icon by the clock and go to Playback Devices you could try setting them as the default playback device. That way, they should take over when they reconnect. I'll admit, even with Win7 I find the connect/reconnect situation doesn't exactly go smoothly at all times. I liken it to docking/undocking your laptop. Most of the time its pretty smooth. Occasionally not so much.

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This is the best solution I've found thus far but it's by no means ideal. There's still a delay as to when the headphones decide they want to connect however. – MyItchyChin Feb 3 '11 at 15:23
I feel like that delay is pretty standard with bluetooth. My bluetooth mouse and keyboard both have a delay in activation after my computer has been off/untouched for a while. – manyxcxi Feb 3 '11 at 17:16

I've got a Logitech bluetooth device and I use a small q'n'd Autohotkey script to to connect or disconnect. And I love it.

Save it as connect.ahk and adapt it to your needs. Look at the AHK docs on how to do it. Since I've got a Lenovo Thinkpad I do not know if it works with your PC, but perhaps it may give you another idea how to solve it. Good luck!

;FHEM: Turn on Receiver Power Socket (You probably want to delete the following line!!)
;runWait, "curl.exe" "`%20music`%20on"

;Open control panel's BT device connect Window (Adapt the Address to your device specific one)
run, "C:\Program Files\ThinkPad\Bluetooth Software\BTWUIExt.exe"  /deviceAddr=c8844711xxxx

;replace "(49)Logitech Adapter" in all following lines by the Window title depending on your device
; Wait for the Window
WinWait, (49)Logitech Adapter, 
IfWinNotActive, (49)Logitech Adapter, , WinActivate, (49)Logitech Adapter, 
WinWaitActive, (49)Logitech Adapter, 

;then click on "connect"/"disconnect" button (the window must be big enough to show the button), maybe you need to adapt the coordinates (?)
MouseClick, left,  778,  213
Sleep, 100

;close window
WinWait, (49)Logitech Adapter, 
IfWinNotActive, (49)Logitech Adapter, , WinActivate, (49)Logitech Adapter, 
WinWaitActive, (49)Logitech Adapter,
Sleep, 100
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My headset gets automatically connected after turning on as long as I keep the "Bluetooth Device Control" window open. To get to that window: right click on the bluetooth icon in the tray -> Show Bluetooth Devices -> right click on your device -> Control.

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Solved (atleast if you have realtek HD Audio)

  1. Click to show all icons in the system tray,
  2. right click on the small brownish coloured speaker (this is realtek)
  3. select "audio devices"
  4. Than you should see a list of your devices (make sure your bluetooth device is on)
  5. Right click and select (set as default device).

Now your device will automatically connect when switched on!

Sorry I cant post photo's. But so you know, if you have realtek it superseeds the windows audio manager, if default device is set on windows realtek will still override that.

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