Mouse Not Working in Windows 10? How to Fix Your Mouse Problems

The most irritating and frustrating computing issues always hit at the worst times. Just about to start your tax return? Keyboard issues. Ready to Skype your distant relatives? Microphone issues. One issue tops them all: a faulty mouse. Without your mouse, navigating your system is a tricky affair.

Luckily, unless you have a terminal hardware problem, most mouse problems have a resolution. Here are six ways you can fix your mouse issues in Windows 10.

Windows 10 Mouse Fixes to Try First

I say this in every single troubleshooting article I write: check your connections. It is an incredibly simple thing to overlook. Sometimes, a loose cable is the only thing creating an issue.

  • Check your mouse or wireless adapter hasn’t become unseated in its port
  • Try fully unplugging the mouse cable or wireless adapter and reconnecting in a different port
  • If it is a new issue, sometimes restarting your system will provide an immediate fix

If none of these quick tips fix your Windows 10 mouse problem, read on!

1. Incompatible Drivers

One of the first ports of call for a Windows 10 mouse issue is your system drivers. Windows 10 takes care of your driver updates for the majority of your hardware. However, it doesn’t always get it right, and at times, it doesn’t always find a driver update after release. That doesn’t mean you cannot install a driver update manually, though.

Type device manager in your Start Menu search bar, then select the corresponding option. Browse down to Mice and other pointing devices, select, then right-click your mouse input and select Properties. Select the Driver tab, then Update Driver.

windows 10 mouse driver update

If You Have the Correct Driver

If you have downloaded the correct driver, you should Browse my computer for driver software. On the next page, use the Browse option to locate the driver, then press Next. The driver will install. Reboot your system when it completes.

If You Do Not Have the Correct Driver

If you haven’t downloaded a driver directly from the manufacturer, select Search automatically for updated driver software. Windows will now automatically scan your computer and the internet for any driver updates, and install accordingly. Windows will inform you if there are no updates available.

There Is No Driver Update Available

In the event there is no driver update available, you can try reinstalling the mouse driver manually. Note the name of your mouse or touchpad in the Device Manager, then head to the manufacturer’s website. The manufacturer should provide a download of the latest version of your mouse driver.

If you cannot find the relevant download on the manufacturer’s site, complete an internet search for “[PC model] windows 10 mouse driver,” or “[laptop model] windows 10 touchpad driver.” It should turn up the correct driver for your hardware.

Once you download the new mouse driver, head back to the Device Manager. Then, back to Mouse Properties, and the Device tab. Select Uninstall and follow the instructions. Now, install the mouse driver you downloaded manually, and restart your system (see If You Have the Correct Driver, above).

2. Mouse Freezing and Disappearing Cursor

A common Windows 10 mouse issue relates to the Realtek HD Audio Manager. Unfortunately, the Realtek HD Audio Manager is a culprit for audio driver issues, too. Right-click the Taskbar, select Task Manager, and head to the Start-up tab. If you see Realtek HD Audio Manager, right-click and select Disable. Now, reboot your system.

Disabling the Realtek HD Audio Manager is known to fix both mouse freezing and disappearing cursor issues.

And if you’re having problems with your left mouse button, check out our tips on fixing that issue.

3. Mouse Lagging and Beeping Sound

Your third mouse issue fix is another driver-related issue. Your mouse lags and emits a strange beeping sound. Microsoft first addressed these issues way back in April 2016, with Cumulative Updates KB3147458 and KB3147461. However, you won’t benefit from attempting the following fix if you’re still experiencing some Windows 10 mouse lag.

If you are still having issues, head to the Device Manager and locate Human Interface Devices. If you see XINPUT Compatible HID listed, this fix may well work for you.

First, you’ll need to download this version of the Xbox Wireless Adaptor for Windows and extract it to a memorable location. Head back to the XINPUT listing in the Device Manager. Right-click and select Update Driver Software.

Windows 10 Device Manager

Select Browse my computer for driver software, followed by Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer.Windows 10 Update Driver Software

On the next screen, select Have Disk. This allows us to browse the system for a driver of our choice. Locate the extracted files using the Browse button. Select xinputhid, then Open, then OK.

Windows 10 Driver Software Have Disk

You should now return to the driver selection screen where the “new” XINPUT driver will be available for selection. Press Next, then reboot your system.

Windows 10 XINPUT Driver

If this remains an issue, despite the Microsoft issued patch, find the aforementioned updates (KB3140743 and KB3140768), uninstall them, and await the next set of updates to arrive.

N.B: The Human Input Device listing may vary from system to system. This fix has been shown to work on a variety of systems, using different hardware setups.

4. Touchpad Freezing

Some Windows 10 users report random touchpad freezes following keyboard use. The issue appears to relate to Synaptics touchpad drivers, possibly a symptom of a clash between Windows 10 touchpad driver settings and those you would use normally.

Synaptics Filter Activation Timer

  1. Search for Mouse in your Start Menu search bar and select Change your mouse settings. Alternatively, search for Mouse in the Cortana search bar and select Change your mouse settings.
  2. At the bottom of the newly opened Mouse & touchpad menu is an option for Additional mouse options.
  3. Select the ClickPad tab > Settings > Advanced Tab.
  4. Slide the Filter Activation Time bar back to 0 Seconds, and press OK.

5. Mouse Acceleration

A mouse acceleration issue is incredibly frustrating, especially for the gamers among us. You’re lining up a headshot, and BAM! Your mouse drifts to the opposite side of the screen, and you’re staring at a respawn screen.

Windows 10 users report acceleration issues in several scenarios. There’s no single fix for the mouse acceleration issues. Try some of the mouse acceleration issue fixes below and see which one works for you.

Turn It Off and On

First, try turning mouse acceleration on and off in your system settings.

  1. Head to Control Panel > Hardware & Sound > Mouse.
  2. Select the Pointer Options tab.
  3. Uncheck the Enhance pointer precision box to turn acceleration off.
  4. Select Apply and OK. Check how your mouse now responds.

windows 10 mouse acceleration

MarkC Mouse Fix

If the good old “Have you tried turning it off and on” doesn’t work, you can try to use the MarkC Mouse Fix to fix your Windows mouse acceleration problem. The MarkC Mouse Fix is a registry file that removes Windows 10 mouse pointer acceleration, readjusting the feature to the level of accuracy you would expect.

Download the MarkC Mouse Fix compressed file and extract it to a memorable location. Next, find out the display DPI (Dots Per Inch) you’re currently using by typing Display into the Start Menu search bar and selecting Display Settings from the options.

  • If the slider is completely to the left, your display DPI is 100%. If it is in the middle, or to the right, it indicates a different scale. Click the slider to reveal a tool tip displaying the current DPI. Make a note of your DPI.
  • If the slider is completely to the left, your display DPI is 100%. If it is in the middle, or to the right, it indicates a different scale. Click the slider to reveal a tool tip displaying the current DPI. Make a note of your DPI.

Head back to the extracted MarkC Mouse Fix folder, locate your version of Windows, and open the folder. Select the registry file that corresponds with your display DPI. Answer Yes or OK to the prompts that appear. Now reboot your system for the fix to complete.

You should now enjoy exact 1-to-1 mouse control, with no acceleration or pausing between movements.

Download: MarkC Mouse Fix for Windows (Free)

Windows 10 Game Bar

The Windows 10 Game Bar is a handy feature for gamers. Sure, other options can record and stream your games. But Microsoft knows that the Windows 10 Game Bar integration with Windows 10 gives it an edge with gamers who use both a desktop and an Xbox.

Anyway, back to the Windows 10 mouse problems. The Windows 10 Game Bar can trigger a mouse acceleration issue. Unfortunately, it isn’t a uniform problem. As such, there isn’t a definite fix. Some users report that other mouse acceleration fixes have a positive effect. Others have gone so far as to remove the built-in game features completely, via the Windows PowerShell.

A common theme for those experiencing mouse acceleration problems while using the Windows 10 Game Bar is using the Windows Key + G shortcut to trigger a recording event. Try it for yourself and note if your mouse acceleration issue starts afterward.

6. Nvidia Drivers

After the Windows Fall Creators Update, back in October 2018, some users reported mouse issues in lower resolution environments. Specifically, the mouse buttons continue working, but the movement stops.

One common fix for this issue stems from outdated Nvidia drivers.

To update your Nvidia drivers, first head to the Nvidia drivers page. Select your Nvidia product from the dropdown boxes, then select Start Search. The latest drivers for your Nvidia graphics card will appear in the results below. Download and install the latest version.

nvidia update drivers

Solving Windows 10 Mouse Problems

I hope one of the fixes sorts your Windows 10 mouse or touchpad issue out. The Windows Update system always has a chance of breaking something, somewhere. That Microsoft is relaxing the previously stringent Windows Update rules can only help end users. If a buggy update isn’t installed automatically, you stand a better chance of steering clear of time consuming mouse-related bugs.

Mouse issues are not the only thing that can affect Windows 10. Check out these seven quick fixes if you have no Windows 10 sound.

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