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How To Fix Touchpad Not Working in Windows 10

Most of the Windows 10 users upgraded from Windows 8, 8.1 to the latest OS. After the upgrade, they are facing a lot of issues. Users reported sound problems in Windows 10, Bluetooth problems, Windows running slow and more. Touchpad not working is another pressing issue faced by a lot of Windows 10 users. After clean installing Windows 10 or upgrading from Windows 8 to Windows 10, many users experienced a completed dysfunction of touchpad. The touchpad in Windows 10 seems unable to register any move. Either it completely fails to work or works with intermittent glitches. Many common fixes like rebooting the machine aren’t working. But we have found the solution to fix touchpad not working in Windows 10. Most of the touchpad problems are coming from Synaptics and Elan driver. Almost all the major computer companies are using the drivers of these two vendors. This article lists multiple ways to fix the faulty touchpad. You can try these methods one by one.

Fix Touchpad Not Working in Windows 10

Update Touchpad Drivers

Upgrading the touchpad drivers is the best way to fix touchpad not working in Windows 10 problem. In fact, almost all the issues faced in Windows 10 are connected with drivers in one way or the other.  Most of the manufacturers have released the latest drivers compatible with their devices for Windows 10. When users upgrade to Windows 10, they do not install the latest drivers at the moment of installation. The lack of updated drivers ushers in an incompatibly between the devices and the OS. This is the primary reason why the latest problems faced in Windows 10 are by those users who upgraded from previous versions to the latest version. Those who clean installed Windows 10 are facing less issues because of latest drivers. You can check, update latest drivers for your touchpad by following the steps given below.

Go to Device manager. You can go to the device manager in Windows 10 by quickly searching for it in the search bar of Windows 10. You can also open the device manger by a right click on “Computer”->Properties->Device Manager.

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Go to the pointing device/mouse section and right click on your touchpad device. You can click “Update Device Driver” option to search for the latest drivers. Let the system search for the latest drivers from the internet.

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This should fix touchpad not working in Windows 10. If it doesn’t, move on to the next steps.

Checking Touchpad Settings

You can fix touchpad issues by checking and enabling the touchpad from Window 10 settings. Even if you have updated drivers, touchpad would not work if it is disabled from the settings of Windows 10.

Open Settings in Windows 10. You can do this by clicking on the start menu and then clicking the “Settings” icon as shown in the image below.

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Click on “Devices” section.

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Click on “Mouse and Touchpad”.

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Click on “Additional Mouse Options”.

Click “Device Settings” tab in the right options pane. But it could change depending on the manufacturer. In many cases, the name would be “ELAN”.

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Under the “Devices” section, the name of your touchpad must appear and the status should be “Enabled”. If this is not the case, you can click the option named “Enabled”. If it is already working properly, it would be disabled for a click.

This is another useful solution to fix touchpad not working in Windows 10. Irrespective of your device model or drivers, you can try this method.

Get Drivers from Manufacturer’s Website

If you are unable to find the latest drivers by automated search, you can download the drivers manually from the website of your laptop/PC company. All the famous machine makers have uploaded the latest drivers on their websites. All you need to do is to type your PC model in the driver search section of the website and search the required driver. You can install the drivers from the manually downloaded file by simply clicking on the files and following the on-screen instructions.

Clean Touchpad

Make sure to clear your touchpad hardware area from all the dust, oil. In many cases, dust or oil could hinder the working of touchpad and it does not register the touch from fingers.

This is how to fix touchpad not working in Windows 10 problem. You can try the above methods in other versions of Windows as well. These methods are applicable even if you clean installed Windows 10. In case the problem is not solved, you can comment on this post with exact details of the problems you are facing and we will get back to you.

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