So I did a stupid thing:
I am using Windows 10 pro on a work laptop. We are a startup and have no helpdesk.
Recently, this laptop lost the ability to discover my Bluetooth mini desktop speaker. It's been funky for a while, but it was really f-ed
this time. The speaker still connects to our phones just fine.
In the windows settings page for "Bluetooth & other devices", the device was listed as being "connected" when the speaker was blinking blue for "discoverable", and "paired" when the speaker was not discoverable. In the fist situation I am already "connected" and so there's no "connect" button to press; in the latter I can click connect all I want but the damn thing's not discoverable so it doesn't connect. I detach the device entirely by clicking "forget", set the speaker back to discoverable, and search for devices. I do not find the speaker.
I've been restarting the computer plenty and it's having no effect. So I try for another level: I open the device settings for my computer's Bluetooth device (by clicking on the relevant link in "Related settings" over at the right hand side of the "Bluetooth & other devices" page) and update the drivers. Try to connect again. No dice, cannot see the device to connect to it.
, I think, like a big dumb stupid idiot, I'll try disabling the bluetooth device and turning it back on.
Big mistake. I disable the device, and click Ok to save settings and close the window. Then I go to turn it back on.
In Bluetooth & other devices, the link to "manage my bluetooth device" or whatever it is called under "Related settings", is gone.
Bluetooth & other devices' "Add Bluetooth or other device" means "use my bluetooth to connect to a separate device", not "install the bluetooth device that I fucking foolishly disabled"
When I open the action center, there is no Bluetooth icon to click on.
So... how can I dig myself out of this hole?