Fix USB Mouse and Keyboard Stop Working Issue in Windows 7

By Camilla Mo  Common Errors  Windows 7   23 Comments

It can be frustrating if neither mouse nor keyboard doesn’t work at the same time. If your USB mouse and keyboard stop working in Windows 7 even in login screen, don’t worry. You can fix the issue with one of the solutions in this article.

Before you try further solutions, ensure the mouse and the keyboard have no problems. If possible, try to use them on another computer. If they are working properly on another computer, it means there are no problems with the mouse and the keyboard, then you can try the solutions below. If not, you might need to replace them with the new ones.

There are six solutions to try to fix the problem. You may not have to try them all. Just work your way down at the top of the list until you find the one that works for you.


Solution 1: Unplug the keyboard and the mouse then plug it back

To fix the issue, you can try to unplug and replug the keyboard and the mouse, then Windows will reinstall the driver automatically, and the keyboard and mouse will reconnect.


Solution 2: Disconnect the power cable for a while

First, shut down your computer. Then disconnect the power cable (If you are using a laptop computer, you can also remove the battery.). Then hold the power button down for about 10 seconds. After that, restart your computer and see if the issue resolves. This method has worked for other users who run into this problem like you.


Solution 3: Disable driver signature enforcement

Follow steps below:

1) Press the Power button to turn on  your computer. Once you power on the computer, keep pressing the F8 key on your keyboard in 1 second intervals.  (If you computer has already turned on, turn it off then press the Power button to turn it on again.)

2) When the Advanced Boot Options screen displays, use the arrow key to select Disable Driver Signature Enforcement.



3) Press the Enter key on your keyboard then Windows will restart.


Solution 4: Update the USB driver

If the USB driver is missing or corrupted, this issue can occur. To fix the issue, you can update the USB driver. 

IMPORTANT: You need to use the keyboard or mouse on the problem computer to try this fix. If you can’t use one of them in Windows, restart it in Safe Mode with Networking, then try.

You can go to your PC manufacturer’s website to download the latest driver.  If you don’t have the time, patience or computer skills to update 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) Click the Update button next to a flagged USB driver to automatically download and install the correct version of this driver (you can do this with the FREE version).

Or 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 (this requires the Pro version – you’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All).


Solution 5: Disable the Third Party services

The issue can be caused by some of the Third Party services. So disabling the Third Party services may fix the issue. 

IMPORTANT: You need to use the keyboard or mouse on the problem computer to try this fix. If you can’t use one of them in Windows, restart it in Safe Mode with Networking, then try.

1) On your keyboard, press Win+R (Windows logo key and R key) at the same time to invoke the run box.

2) Type msconfig in the run box and click the OK button.



3) Go to Services tab. Check the box next to Hide all Microsoft services then click Disable all.



4) Click the OK button.

5) When you are prompted to restart your computer to apply the changes, click Restart. Then your computer will restart.

If the issue resolves after the computer starts, you can try disabling the third party services one by one to determine which service is causing the issue. 


Solution 6: Enable Legacy USB Support in BIOS

The issue would occur if Legacy USB Support is disabled in BIOS. So enter BIOS (basic input/output system) and make sure the Legacy USB Support is enabled. The key command to enter BIOS and get to the Legacy USB port depends on the PC brand that you are using. Refer steps below to get to the Legacy USB port.

1) Enter BIOS (See How to Enter BIOS in Windows 7). 

2) In BIOS, use the specific key to navigate to Advanced (You can see the meaning of the key command at the bottom of the screen.).

3) Find Legacy USB Support or similar USB option. If it is Disabled, enable it. Exit after saving the changes. 



Note if you don’t find Legacy USB Support in BIOS, it is possible that the BIOS does not provide this option and this solution does not work for you. If you are still not sure how to do this, contact the PC manufacturer for further assistance. 

Hope the solutions here helps you fix the mouse and keyboard not working issue in Windows 7.

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