Firstly, I have to say this is more an annoyance / bug rather than something being broken or not working.

In my Action Center the Bluetooth Square is blue (turned on) saying Not Connected.

Here's the thing though - My PC doesn't have any Bluetooth capable hardware components. It's not a laptop, the motherboard doesn't have this functionality, and no devices connected to it have Bluetooth features either.

I've researched online and most suggestions revolve around

  • turning Bluetooth off - I can't do as there is no on/off switch in the settings
  • removing the Bluetooth device from device manager - I also can't do, as there isn't a Bluetooth device listed there.
  • going into network settings and disabling it there - I can't disable it from network settings as there is no network adapter to do so.
  • Unpin Bluetooth tile from Quick Actions - It isn't in the quick actions list to add/remove

Stop and Disable all Bluetooth Services on Windows 10 with PowerShell

Consider using PowerShell and perhaps running it as a startup script which will run in the system security context. You can use Group Policy or Task Scheduler to set it to run at startup, etc.


## -- Store all bluetooth named services as an array, stop processes if running, and disable the startup type if it's not already
$BTServices = (Get-Service | ?{$_.DisplayName -match "bluetooth"}).Name;

$BTServices | % {
    $status = (Get-Service -Name $_).Status;
    If($status -ne "Stopped"){Stop-Service $_ -Force};
    $sType  = (Get-Service -Name $_).StartType;
    If($sType -ne "Disabled"){Set-Service $_ -StartupType Disabled};

Furthermore, consider going into your BIOS\UEFI configurations and setting any applicable bluetooth related settings to a disabled or an equivalent value for additional thoroughness at that level.

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  • Do I correctly assume you have this as a startup script so as to prevent any possibility these services become re-enabled? Or for some other reason? I don't see the connection between using a startup script and the services running with the SYSTEM account. – Twisty Impersonator Aug 14 at 1:53
  • @TwistyImpersonator This is correct that I use these in an environment in which if the startup script stops and disables the applicable services, then it is assured these won't typically be started for any other reason afterwards. If your case is similar, then this should suite your need but obviously you'll want to test and confirm in your environment to be 100% certain. The startup script in my case runs at every startup so if there are issues, typically a reboot of the machine will resolve issues with the services otherwise I suppose. – Pimp Juice IT Aug 14 at 2:07
  • I'll try this when I get home tonight, and post the result – Smock Aug 14 at 8:17
  • @Smock Any update on your results, etc.? – Pimp Juice IT yesterday

You can edit the Action Center and unpin he Bluetooth tile. Right-click on any item & select Edit quick actions. enter image description here enter image description here

Edit: How about right-clicking on the 'Collapse' header? That gives me the option to 'Edit': enter image description here

  • The only option when I right-click is to go to settings, which takes me to Bluetooth and other devices which doesn't help (I'm sure I used to be able to do that though - was that removed in an update?). I can get to this by going into settings->System->Notifications&Actions manually though, however, Bluetooth is not listed here to add or remove. – Smock Aug 14 at 8:10
  • If I right-click on the 'Collapse' header, I get a slightly differently worded option, Edit, wheich also allows me to unpin tiles. Does that appear for you? See edited answer. – Keith Miller Aug 14 at 13:21

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