Disable  or Restrict Bluetooth Devices via GPO

Posted on 2008-11-17
Last Modified: 2012-05-05

I would like to disable Bluetooth on the client computers via GPO, any suggestions.

Server : Windows 2003 Std SP1(Domain Contollers)
Clients  : Windows XP Pro SP2, Windows Vista Business
Question by:kumarnirmal
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    Expert Comment

    as far as I know you need 3rd party addons,
    see for one product
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    We don't want to use 3rd party tools, is there is any option to restrict via GPO or registry changes ?

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    By default, Windows XP SP2 installs Bluetooth wireless device support when you install Windows XP SP2 to a computer. After installation, if a Bluetooth wireless device or radio is detected, Device Manager will install the driver for the Bluetooth device.

    To remove Bluetooth wireless device support, follow these steps:
    Click Start, click Run, type sysdm.cpl, and then click OK.
    Click the Hardware tab.
    Click Device Manager.
    Expand Bluetooth Radios.
    Right-click each device listed under Bluetooth Radios, click Uninstall, and then click OK.
    Close Device Manager, and then click OK.
    In Windows Explorer, open the C:\Windows\Inf folder.
    Rename the Bth.inf file to Bth.inf.old.
    Rename the Bth.pnf file to Bth.pnf.old.
    Restart Windows XP SP2.
    This will prevent the Microsoft Bluetooth Stack from loading. However, this does not prevent third-party Bluetooth stacks from being installed or loaded

    I would think you could script these settings and run the script via group policy. There is also a microsoft soultion called  System Center Mobile Device manger that may help you solve this.

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