Visually identify your Bluetooth stack

Since it’s such a frequently asked question I’ve documented it here with some images which should hopefully clear up any confusion. The following screenshots show how to identify the Bluetooth stack on your Pocket Pc without writing any code or delving into the registry or system files.



Bluetooth Off

Microsoft Stack (Disabled)

Widcomm Stack (Disabled)

Bluetooth On

Microsoft Stack (Enabled)

Widcomm Stack (Enabled)

Settings (Click Icon)

Microsoft Stack Settings

Pocket PC 2003 Second Edition

Microsoft Stack Settings Second Edition

Widcomm Stack Menu


Finally a quick reminder, the Bluetooth.NET library only works currently with the Microsoft stack, so if you have Widcomm/Broadcom or any other you’ll have to look at third-party APIs.

By Peter Foot

Microsoft Windows Development MVP