Windows 11's Bluetooth File Transfer wizard shows old devices

Padre Pedro 1 Reputation point


When I open the Bluetooth File Transfer wizard I see 2 devices mentioned each twice, but those devices are not paired anymore. So I see 4 old device instances. I've rebooted, uninstalled literally every device in Device Manager (which required quite a few reboots :-)), disabled and re-enabled BlueTooth, checked HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\BTHPORT\Parameters\Devices (but they're not listed anymore over there), etc. etc. I've also paired them again, but then they appear thrice! After unpairing them, the 4 old devices keeps appearing, so the pairing-unpairing hasn't cleaned the old instances.

I experience this on my Dell XPS 9710 laptop (Intel Wireless Bluetooth built-in: BT 5.1) and I have Windows 11. I don't have this problem on my PC (Windows 11 as well). The old devices are Sony MDR-1000X headphones (twice) and my Samsung Galaxy S10 (twice). I have no issues pairing those devices again (but then they appear each thrice), although I do have connecting issues with my Galaxy S10 on the laptop (not on my PC); perhaps this is caused by the old device instances (or not)... My headphones connect very well.

I'm not the only one with this problem:

Is there a way to clear this cache?
Thank you!


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  1. Limitless Technology 39,341 Reputation points

    Hello PadrePedro

    It may seem that this is a device registration issue coming from some BT adapters in Windows 11.

    Then run:
    WinSxS folder cleanup:
    Repair windows image:

    Please install the latest drivers for your BT adapter, then run Windows update to ensure you have the latest patches.


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  2. Padre Pedro 1 Reputation point


    I've run these commands and rebooted, but to no avail...
    * Dism.exe /online /Cleanup-Image /StartComponentCleanup
    * Dism.exe /online /Cleanup-Image /StartComponentCleanup /resetbase
    * sfc /scannow => everything was fine
    * Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth => everything was fine
    * Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /CheckHealth => everything was fine

    Or did you have something else in mind?

    Anyone with new ideas?