Apple Wireless keyboard - Windows compatibility

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by MacNeXT, Oct 20, 2004.

  1. MacNeXT macrumors 6502

    Jun 21, 2004

    Is the Apple Wireless Keyboard compatible with Windows 2000 or Windows XP?
  2. hotwire132002 macrumors 65816


    Jan 24, 2004
    Cadillac, MI
    I can't see why it wouldn't be... as long as the computer has Bluetooth. I know my Apple USB keyboard and mouse work fine with Windows.
  3. LimeLite macrumors 6502a


    Mar 20, 2003
    Los Angeles, Ca
    Even if you got it to connect with Bluetooth, keys on a mac keyboard are different than those on a PC. PCs have ALT Buttons, Windows the two types of keyboards together, they don't match up. That being said, I would recommend either finding a different keyboard or buying a mac, rather than wasting time trying to make mac specific hardware work on a PC.
  4. MacNeXT thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 21, 2004
    I want to buy the keyboard for an iBook and I also want to use it for my peecee. When using a PC keyboard on the Mac, the Windows button gets the command button doesn't it? Isn't it the same the other way round?

    Something else: I really hate those PC keyboards with all those ugly specific buttons you never use. I have been searching for a functional keyboard for the PC but every one seems to be contaminated with the "if it looks like a spaceship it's good" idea. Just like mice btw. Really, the apple keyboard is the only one I like except for some cherry keyboards which are very expensive.

    I also like the clicky IBM PS/2 keyboards except for the fact that they consume a lot of desk space. Just like the ADB Extended Keyboard II.
  5. point665 macrumors regular

    Jun 27, 2004
    Pressing the Apple key on a Apple keyboard plugged into a Windows box will not work as the Windows key, Alt and Command (Apple/Windows) are switched around on the two layouts.
  6. oopss macrumors newbie

    Sep 9, 2003
    I am using the apple wireless keyboard on my windows xp fine. I have found that I must using xp sp2 to enable the keyboard, otherwise I have to pair bluetooth pin with my PC every time when I login the windows (after successful pairing each time, it works fine on xp w/o SP2).

    on the other hand, the "Ctrl", "Alt", "Windows" also works fine on Windows.
    The follow is the keys on the apple keyboard:
    "Ctrl" - "Control"
    "Alt" - "option"

    But until this moment, I dont know how to use the four media keys under Windows. Can anyone tell me? thx much!

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