How to Download and Install Synaptics Touchpad Driver on Windows 11
A device driver is software that allows your operating system to interact with hardware. If you do not have the correct driver, this hardware will not work on your computer. Also, if you don’t have a Synaptics Touchpad driver, it won’t work. That is why, in this article, we will see how download and install synaptics touchpad driver on Windows 11/10.
Download Synaptics Touchpad Driver on Windows 11
To download and install Synaptics Touchpad driver on Windows 11/10, you can choose one of the following methods.
- Download Synaptics touchpad driver from OEM websites
- Use Device Manager
- Use driver update software
Let’s talk about it in detail.
1]Download Synaptics touchpad driver from OEM websites
Synaptics TouchPad device drivers are customized and supported by laptop manufacturers to meet the specific driver requirements for their individual products. To ensure the correct driver for your device, always use the driver supported by your laptop’s specific OEM. Installing a generic driver from the Synaptics.com website may cause loss of OEM custom features and other issues.
Synaptics previously hosted generic touchpad drivers, but now it appears not to. So what we recommend is that you try to go to your laptop manufacturer’s website and they will provide you with the driver for your touchpad. You can visit one of the following links to download Synaptics touchpad drivers for your laptop:
- Identify your OEM or laptop brand and find the driver download on their website. Visit your manufacturer’s website, navigate to the Driver sections and enter the serial number to find the correct product. Then download the file. The file will be in .ZIP or .EXE format. For the zip file, extract it and then install it. You can simply double click on the EXE file and the download window will be launched.
2]Use Device Manager
Device Manager is a Windows utility that helps you manage devices and their drivers. You can use it to download or update Synaptics Touchpad driver.
- First, open Device Manager either from the Start menu or by Win + X > Device Manager.
- To update the driver, expand Mouse and other pointing devices, right-click on the driver in question and click on Update the driver. Then follow the on-screen instructions to update the drivers.
- If there is no driver available for the touchpad, right click on Mice and other pointing devices and select Check for hardware changes.
3]Use driver update software
Many free driver update software are available for Windows. These applications scan your computer and retrieve compatible drivers from their database or from the Internet. You can use it to keep your Synaptics touchpad driver updated.
Where are the touchpad settings for Windows 11?
You can easily configure your touchpad from Windows Settings on a Windows 11 computer. Just tap Win + I to launch Settings, then go to Bluetooth and devices > Touchpad. Now you can configure your touchpad according to your needs.
This article will show you where to download touchpad drivers for Lenovo, HP, Dell, Asus, Acer, Microsoft Surface, etc. laptops. Windows 11/10.
How to install Synaptics driver for touchpad?
Usually the Synaptics driver for the touchpad is pre-installed. But if for some reason you need to install it again, you can check the methods mentioned in this article. We have mentioned three ways to do the same and one of them will definitely work for you. Just run the downloaded installer or use Device Manager to install it.
Touchpad settings missing in Windows 11
According to some users, some touchpad settings are missing in Windows 11. According to them, there were way too many options in Windows 10 and when they updated to the latest and greatest Windows 11, those options could not be found. While according to some users Touchpad is not working. Good! We will solve this for you.
Make sure the touchpad is enabled: First, we need to check if the touchpad is enabled on your computer. Often when you connect to an external mouse, the touchpad is automatically disabled. For different manufacturers the settings will be different, but usually what you need to do is go to Settings > Bluetooth and devices > Touchpad > Other touchpad settings. Then you will see a tab of your Touchpad manufacturer, in my case it is Elan, click on it and uncheck Disable when external USB pointing device is plugged in.
Check your driver: What you need to do is open Device Manager and see if there is a yellow warning mark. If there is a mark in any of the options, expand the option and right-click on the driver displaying the mark, then select Update driver. Select Find drivers on my computers > Let me choose from a list of drivers available on my computer. Choose another driver and click Next.
According to reports, users were seeing the yellow mark on the Keyboard option and they had to install a HID i2c device.
Run the Hardware Troubleshooter: Hardware Troubleshooter is another solution that may work for you. Just opened Command Prompt as administrator and run the following command –
msdt.exe -id DeviceDiagnostic. Then follow the on-screen instructions to run the hardware troubleshooter. Hope this will do the job for you.
Where to download DisplayLink driver for Windows?
You can download Synaptics DisplayLink driver for Windows 11/10 by visiting this link on synaptics.com. Or you can use the Microsoft Store DisplayLink manager to do the needful.
Read also : The touchpad is automatically disabled in Windows 11/10.