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At the time of boot the enter and up and down key buttons of Microsoft wireless Entertainment keyboard 7000 do not work.

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I recently purchased  an expensive Microsoft Wireless Entertainment keyboard 7000[has a bluetooth transmitter] and as it was sealed at the time of purchase I could not examine it. I was soon disillusioned with its fragility and small size it was like a laptop keyboard and it did not even have the full buttons of a desktop keyboard. Microsoft Wireless Laser Keyboard 6000 and Microsoft Digital Media Pro Keyboard which I also have are attached to other computers and I find them much better to my taste and handling and they cost much less too.
Anyway on this computer I have a dual boot system between Windows Seven and Vista. The default is Windows Seven. However the enter button on this keyboard does not work at boot time and I cannot enter into Windows Seven but have to wait the full 26 or more seconds or so. Moreover the up and down buttons do not also work at boot time so I cannot select Windows vista the other operating system. It is a shame to see such an expensive Keyboard behave like this. Am I missing something can the aforesaid buttons work at boot time?
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Bluetooth is only active within the OS, before that the drivers haven't loaded yet so if you need input before that you need a USB or PS2 keyboard.

You could install EasyBCD, a utility with you you can manage the boot loader easily. With that you could select the OS you want to boot from next time so there isn't any need for input while booting. You can also change the countdown timeout. Of course this is just a workaround, and if you decide to use the other OS after you have shutdown, you'll have to wait for the standard OS to boot first.

http://neosmart.net/wiki/display/EBCD/EasyBCD+Documentation+Home
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If I had known that Bluetooth is only active within the Operating system I would have never purchased this keyboard. I do not know what is the advantage of having this keyboard I would dearly like to know Rindi. Cost & Benefit analysis says that I may have had made a poor consumnerv decision
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Why do people buy Bluetooth Keyboards they are so expensive and they are not operational until the operating system starts I would like to be clarified Rindi please.
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For normal operation you don't need any input before the OS is running. With bluetooth you could place the PC far away from the keyboard or mouse, and if you have several receivers you could use the same keyboard/mouse for multiple PC's, you just have to pair them when changing the PC. Also, particularly notebooks, often come with builtin bluetooth capability, so you can connect it to a bluetooth keyboard and mouse without needing an additional dongle like when using a traditional wireless keyboard.
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