Have you ever enjoyed navigating through Windows 8.1, 8, 7 and the mouse pointer suddenly disappeared? Well, you don’t need to get alarmed because this issue happened to a lot of Windows users and it can be easily fixed.
You can lose your mouse pointer directly when the Windows 8.1, 8, 7 operating system starts or it just freezes when you are trying to surf the internet or do something for work. One of the main causes as for why this is happening is because your Windows 8 operating system has encountered some errors related to the mouse drivers and is unable to repair them after a reboot. The tutorials below will explain exactly what to do in order to never have the mouse pointer disappearing in the middle of your work.
Tutorial on how to fix the mouse cursor if it disappears in Windows 8.1, 8, 7
There are three possible options can you can try in order to fix the mouse pointer but keep in mind that some Windows 8 laptops, for example, have a function key on the keyboard specifically to enable or disable the mouse cursor. So before following the options below check the function key and see if it is activated or not. Here is the list of solutions:
- Use ‘Troubleshooting’ feature
- Use ‘msconfig’ to reconfigurate your mouse
- Use Control Panel using the arrow keys (Windows 7 fix)
1. Use ‘Troubleshooting’ feature
- Press and hold the buttons “Windows” and “W” to enter the Settings and search for the troubleshooter of your Windows 8 system.
- Type in the box presented there “Troubleshoot”.
- Left click the “Troubleshooting” icon you find after you finish the search.
- In the next window that appears you will need to left click on the icon that says “Hardware and sound”
- You will have a list presented after you click on “Hardware and sound” and you will have to look in that list for “Hardware and devices”.
- Left click on “Hardware and devices”.
- Left click on “Next”
- Follow the instructions presented in the new window that opened up.
- Close the troubleshooter by left clicking on “OK” after the troubleshooter is finished.
- Reboot the Windows 8 device and see if you have the same issues with the freezing mouse pointer.
2. Use ‘msconfig’ to reconfigurate your mouse
- Move the mouse cursor to the right of the screen.
- After the Charms bar is opened left click on the “Search” icon.
- Type in the search box “msconfig”
- Left click on the “msconfig” icon you are presented after the search is finished.
- Left click on the “Services” tab in the upper side of the window.
- Check the box next to “Hide all Microsoft services”.
- Left click the “Startup” tab in the upper side of the window.
- Left click on “Open Task Manager”.
- A window will open with “Task Manager”, left click on the “Startup” tab you have in that window.
- Left click on each item at a time and left click on the “Disable” button in the lower side of the screen.
- Close the Task Manager window.
- In the “System Configuration” window from the “Startup” tab left click on the “OK” button situated in the lower side of the window.
- Reboot the Windows 8 device.
- If after the restart your mouse pointer doesn’t freeze anymore then one of the applications you disabled is interfering with your mouse drivers. In this case you can restore the startup programs by following the above method and finding out what app is causing your mouse to freeze.
3. Use Control Panel using the arrow keys (Windows 7 fix)
- Open Control Panel (press Windows logo+C or press Start button and search Control Panel)
- Switch to ‘Classic View’. For that, press ‘Tab’. When switched to ‘Classic view’, press ‘Enter’ and use arrows to select ‘Mouse‘. This will open the ‘Mouse Properties’
- Use ‘Tab’ and use arrow keys to select ‘Pointers’ tab
- Select ‘Visibility’ options
- Press ‘ALT’+’D’ to turn on Display pointer trail
- To locate the mouse pointer press ‘ALT’+’S’ or keeping pressing ‘Ctrl’ key and then click to select
Note: if this method does not work, try to contact an IT specialist, as the problem may be more complicate than it seems, and we strongly recommend you NOT to try to take some actions on your own as it can damage your system.
You have above three very easy methods on how you can fix your mouse pointer if it freezes. If this tutorial was helpful for you or you need more information on this article please write us below and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in September 2014 and has been since revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.