How I resolved my Apple Magic Mouse problem on Bootcamp Windows 7Tuesday April 17th, 2012
I’ve had a problem using Apple Magic Mouse on a 64-bit Windows 7 on my new iMac‘s Bootcamp partition. It was that I couldn’t use the Magic Mouse in Windows installed on iMac. As a matter of fact the magic mouse was not even showing up in Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Devices and Printers in the beginning. In my case I’m using Mac OS X Snow Leopard (Mac OS X 10.6) and Windows 7 (x64) Ultimate on the Bootcamp partition.
In Windows 7, to add a Bluetooth device, you simply click Add a Device and then Windows should automatically recognize the device and show an icon representing it in the Devices window then allowing you to select it to be installed (i.e. its drivers).
I also have an Apple Wireless Keyboard which functions just fine on Windows 7, but the Magic Mouse used not to until I figured out the following:
Somehow when the Apple Magic Mouse is paired with your Mac first, it may become impossible to make it usable with Windows 7 on the same machine when started up from the Bootcamp partition. Even if you manage to locate it in devices and select it for installation, you may see a message like “Connecting to the device…” forever, but no progress.
If you are suffering the same problem of not being able to use your Apple Magic Mouse in Windows (Bootcamp) on your Mac follow these steps:
- Boot up your Mac from Mac OS X
- Open System Preferences > Bluetooth
- Remove the Apple Magic Mouse (or whatever you had named it) from the list (you can click the small button with a minus (-) sign to do this)
- Boot your Mac from the Windows (Bootcamp) partition
- Right-click the tiny Bluetooth icon in the System tray and select “Add a device…” from the pop-up menu.
- If your magic mouse does not show up in the windows showcasing the devices, use the little switch under it to turn it off and on.
- Select it as soon as it appears and click Next
- Allow Windows to take its time to install its drivers (possibly in the background)
But now my Apple magic mouse works just fine on Windows, so I can now remove the back-up PC mouse from the USB port (until needed again
Any comments as well as sharing of your own experiences is appreciated.
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