How to Update Your Microsoft Mouse Driver [2 Easy Ways]
Looking to update the driver for your Microsoft mouse and scouring all over the Internet for the right and safe download? Look no further, this is the guide for you – check it out! 😉
What I might want to know about my Microsoft mouse driver
A mouse driver is a tiny program that enables our operating system to communicate with our mouse hardware.
If we have outdated/corrupted/faulty/missing audio drivers, it can cause problems (like mouse cursor jumping, freezing, lagging or even not working) on our computer. So we have to update our mouse driver to the latest version to nip these problems in bud.
Try these methods
Both methods work in Windows 10, 8 and 7. And as the method list suggests, you don’t have to try both. Just decide if you want to do it manually or automatically and take your pick:
- Update my Microsoft mosue driver manually
- Update my Microsoft mouse driver automatically (Recommended)
Device Manager is an applet in Control Panel that allows us to view and control the hardwares in our computer. It’s also a good way to update the drivers for our hardwares. To do so:
1) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and R at the same time, then copy & paste devmgmt.msc into the box and click OK.
2) Double-click on Mice and other pointing devices, right-click on the mouse device your computer is using and click Update driver. (Here HID-compliant mouse is used as the example mouse, same as below).
3) Select Search automatically for updated driver software.
4) Wait a bit and see if Windows provides you with a driver available:
- If yes, then follow the on-screen instructions to update the driver and skip the rest of the steps. Then restart your computer for the changes to take effect.
- If no, and instead you got the message The best drivers for your device already installed, then you might have to continue with the following steps to get the latest driver for your mouse. Since the message isn’t always true and Windows can fail to do its job.
5) Go to Microsoft Downloads for Accessories.
6) Search the model of your mouse, click the right download link for your Windows Operating System. Usually a few download options will be listed but you might want to click the first result for the latest driver version.
7) Run the downloaded file (mostly either an exe. file or .inf file) and follow the on-screen instructions to finish the install.
8) Restart your computer for the changes to take effect.
If you’re not confident playing around with drivers manually, you can do it automatically with Driver Easy.
Driver Easy will automatically recognize your system and find the correct drivers for it. You don’t need to know exactly what system your computer is running, you don’t need to risk downloading and installing the wrong driver, and you don’t need to worry about making a mistake when installing.
You can update your drivers automatically with either the FREE or the Pro version of Driver Easy. But with the Pro version it takes just 2 clicks (and you get full support and a 30-day money back guarantee):
1) Download and install Driver Easy.
2) Run Driver Easy and click the Scan Now button. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.
3) You can upgrade to the Pro version and click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of ALL the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system.
You can also click Update to do it for free if you like, but it’s partly manual.
4) Restart your computer to finish the update.
That’s it — manually and automatically update your Microsoft mouse driver. Feel free to comment below if you have any further questions. 🙂