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Infrared on Windows 10

There seem to be several people searching on the Internet about Infrared support on Windows 10 but there appears to be little on this. This post aims to throw some light on the subject.

Earlier laptops used Infrared Wireless Technology to connect with peripheral devices like cameras,  smartphones, etc. , but the newer laptops and mobile devices use the Bluetooth Wireless Technology.

Windows 7 users may be aware that to check if your computer supported Infrared, you had to open Devices Manager, expand Infrared and see if there were any devices listed there.

Right-clicking on the Infrared device allowed you to enable or disable it.

In Windows 10, things changed a bit. Initially, the Infrared IrDA-Stack was removed from Windows 10, and several people reported on Microsoft Answers that USB IrDA adapter driver installations failed!

A post on Technet had said:

Infrared IrDA-Stack is removed from Windows 10. In the past, many vendors are using the IrDA stack, implemented in Windows. In previous Windows system, USB infrared receivers don’t need their own drivers or IrDA stack. It simply works. Now if Microsoft has removed the IrDA stack in Windows 10 RTM, so all USB infrared receivers/devices are bricked. Only, if a vender already has implemented its own IrDA stack and provides Windows 10 compatible software, the infrared receiver/devices may work.

Infrared on Windows 10

Now if you open the Windows 10 Control Panel, you will see the Infrared applet.

This is because Microsoft last year released a Cumulative Update for Windows 10 v1511 in which they included IrDA support. But you need to know that merely having upgraded to the version would not activate the drivers. The drivers would be installed, but they would remain inactive. To activate them you need to follow the instructions outlined in KB3150989.

In Windows 10 version 1511, IrDA devices do not communicate. This issue occurs even though IrDA network devices are displayed…

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