- Windows 10 gives you a range of customization options for your mouse. That’s pointless if settings keep changing out of the blue.
- In this guide, we’ll walk you through some comprehensive solutions you may apply next.
- Naturally, Microsoft always works on a patch to fix similar bugs. If waiting isn’t your thing, then fix mouse issues right away.
- Don’t hesitate to take things into your own hand and solve any problem with the help of this Peripherals Troubleshooting Hub.
Your mouse is a very important peripheral and you need it daily to navigate through your operating system and manage tasks.
A good wired mouse, a wireless mouse, or even a touchpad can be enough to make your life easier. But what do you do when your mouse is not properly set up?
A lot of users are reporting that they changed the mouse settings to fit their needs, and after a PC restart or a Windows 10 update, those settings reverted back.
This is a really common issue, well-known by Microsoft, and it’s addressed in every new update. When the problem doesn’t solve by itself through an update, you’ll have to do it yourself.
For more information on how to do that, check the steps below.
What can I do if my mouse settings keep resetting?
1. Run Windows troubleshooter
In many instances, the mouse drivers could be partially installed or defective. You can run Windows’ troubleshooter to solve these kinds of problems. To do that, follow the steps:
- Go to Start > Settings.
- In the Settings window, choose Update & Security.
- Click on Troubleshoot.
- A list of options will appear. Choose one depending on your mouse connection (wired/wireless/Bluetooth)
- Run the troubleshooter and after check if the problem was solved.
2. Update the mouse drivers
You can update, change, or uninstall your mouse drivers from Device Manager:
- In the Search box type Device Manager. Click on it.
- From the list, click on Mice and other pointing devices.
- Right-click on the mouse driver and hit Update Driver.
- Wait for the process to finish and restart your PC.
Furthermore, you can uninstall the drivers, disconnect the mouse, restart your PC, reconnect the mouse and wait for Windows to reinstall the proper drivers.
3. Use Registry Editor
If you have Synaptics drivers, this solution will surely work for you as it worked for many users.
- Open Registry Editor. To do that, type Run in the Windows search box.
- In the Run window type regedit and hit Enter.
- In the Registry Editor navigate to
- You will find a key called DeleteUserSettingsOnUpgrade. Double-click it and change it’s value to 0.
- Close the Registry Editor and go to mouse setting and change them how you see fit.
- Restart your computer.
Modifying registry keys can be a bit complicated and can cause problems, so be sure to only change the keys as stated in the guide.
Can’t access Registry Editor? Fix that for good with these quick solutions.
4. Perform a clean boot
In the Clean Boot state, Windows is using only a minimum number of drivers and startup programs. By doing this, you can identify if any third-party applications or startup items are causing the problem.
To perform a clean boot, follow the steps:
- In the Windows search box type msconfig and hit Enter.
- The System Configuration window will appear. Select the Services tab.
- Check Hide all Microsoft services and then click Disable all.
- Go to the Startup tab and click on Open Task Manager.
- In Task Manager go to the Startup tab and Disable each startup item.
- Restart your PC.
We hope that these solutions worked for you. Additionally, you can try some quick common fixes like checking the mouse hardware and changing the USB connection port.
Installing the latest updates for Windows 10 could help you out this time too.
If you have any questions regarding the process or you don’t understand a certain step, feel free to post in the comments section below.
Do note that the previously detailed solutions also work if you encounter the following errors:
- Mouse pointer speed keeps resetting in Windows 10 – Plenty of users describe how mouse options keep resetting every time they restart or turn off the PC. In such a case, you’re entitled to suspect a driver issue or even a hardware conflict.
- Mouse DPI keeps resetting – Mouse DPI continuously resetting is also a common bug. If you have Synaptics drivers, changing their settings in the registry often does wonders.
- Windows 10 mouse settings won’t save – Mouse settings sometimes return to their default settings after restarting the Windows 10 PC. There are several possible solutions to the problem, including updating the mouse drivers and running the Hardware and Devices troubleshooter.
FAQ: Learn more about mouse settings
- Why do my mouse settings keep changing?
Third-party applications, startup items, and outdated mouse drivers may all cause this issue. Therefore, don’t hesitate to use the best driver update software for Windows 10.
- What can I do when mouse settings keep changing?
You can fix the issue by running the Windows troubleshooter, using the Registry, or performing a clean boot, as described in this detailed guide.
- How do I change my mouse settings?
To change your mouse settings, head to Settings first, click the Devices category, and then select Mouse. If you’re having trouble opening the Setting app, apply this quick procedure.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in May 2019 and has been since revamped and updated in June 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.