Solved How to use Apple's Magic Trackpad on a Windows 10 PC

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April 10, 2016 at 20:46:53
Specs: Windows 10, 4.0 GB Ram/AMD 2.2GHz
Hi, there, my son is trying to use Apple's Magic Trackpad on his Win10 PC.

What I am getting online is that can be done. But, what I don't understand is how you would set up the bluetooth so it can connect.
Now, first I d/l bootcamp for him. But, it wouldn't install because of the computer model?
But what I thought I understood is that with it, he can use the trackpad.

Now, then, researching further, I found that there is a bootcamp 6. I had d/l bootcamp 5.1.
Can't seem to find the bootcamp 6 d/l, though.

I also see how if someone has a Mac, with the program BootCamp, they can use Win10. What will they think of next!!

Can anyone tell me/us, what needs to be done so he can use it on his 10?

Thank you very much for any help you can give us!!

Sincerely,
balscarlet


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April 11, 2016 at 03:44:00
Depending upon whether the PC is running a 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows you need this software: https://support.apple.com/kb/DL1333... or this: https://support.apple.com/kb/DL979?... Then just follow the instructions in the original link. But first you will need to buy a Bluetooth adapter (assuming the computer doesn't have one) such as: http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb...

Bluetooth is a hardware addition which is then automatically supported by Windows 10. Note that you will probably need to re-pair the trackpad with the computer each time you wish to switch it from the Mac to the PC and back again.

(PS. I was wrong to say initially that you didn't need BootCamp. You do, but just to get a driver for the trackpad.)

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April 10, 2016 at 21:24:52
Bootcamp is for installing Windows on a Mac computer, it's not for installing Apple product on a Windows PC.

I don't think there are any drivers written for Windows for that device. I would just go get a similar device made for Windows and be done with it.

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April 10, 2016 at 22:09:22
Hi, there, THX 1138,

Thanks for your quick response.

OK, yes, when I was researching, I kept seeing 'use win10 on a mac computer with bootcamp'.

So, then, how can you use the trackpad with the win10?

Now, my son said for sure that it CAN be used with windows with a bluetooth connection, but he got his PC second hand. For one thing, it's wireless card(and I know that's something else) is either missing or broken, so it may not have the ability to connect to bluetooth.

And, although my son can be scatterbrained, he knows about electronics.

Oh, BTW, I got to thinking about bootcamp from this blog: https://discussions.apple.com/threa...

Sincerely,
balscarlet


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April 11, 2016 at 00:42:20
You can use the trackpad on a Windows PC, but with limited functionality: http://www.labnol.org/software/appl...

Note that a prerequisite is that your computer has a Bluetooth adapter. If it is a recent laptop then it probably has. Older laptops and desktop PCs will need a USB Bluetooth adapter. You can buy better trackpads, or similar, designed for a PC.


(PS. As already said, you don't use BootCamp for this; that is applicable only to Apple computers.)

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April 11, 2016 at 03:00:34
Hi, there, ijack,

Thank you for your response. Now, the link you refer to, I saw, and, I tried d/l the update, but it didn't work. So, what exactly does my son need?

Now, I would need a bluetooth apapter. OK, so it doesn't mean it's win10 so it has bluetooth? Anyways, my son's PC it at the very least, 5 yrs. old, I'd say. He got it second hand.

Thanks for your help!! Sorry for being a pain. I know pretty much myself about PCs, but, this is a kinda over my head.

Sincerely,
balscarlet


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April 11, 2016 at 03:44:00
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Depending upon whether the PC is running a 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows you need this software: https://support.apple.com/kb/DL1333... or this: https://support.apple.com/kb/DL979?... Then just follow the instructions in the original link. But first you will need to buy a Bluetooth adapter (assuming the computer doesn't have one) such as: http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb...

Bluetooth is a hardware addition which is then automatically supported by Windows 10. Note that you will probably need to re-pair the trackpad with the computer each time you wish to switch it from the Mac to the PC and back again.

(PS. I was wrong to say initially that you didn't need BootCamp. You do, but just to get a driver for the trackpad.)

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April 11, 2016 at 04:03:21
Thank you very much for the link, ijack!

So, the 3.2 update should work fine, correct? I understand about the adapter, my son thought of that already.

But, just FYI, we have windows, always been windows, no mac.

And, thank you for being so honest. I kind of thought so, but, I was confused since first of all, I kept seeing 'use win10 on a mac' on the sites, and, I had d/l bootcamp 5.1, it didn't work, and so I thought I needed bootcamp 6.

Anyways, I/we, shall try that. I will give you an update as soon as my son can get the adapter.

Thanks so very much! I'll prolly send you a PM, ijack, since it's not possible to get it now. Appreciate it!!

Sincerely,
balscarlet


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