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Windows 10 is great for touch screens, especially thanks to the Continuum feature that allows you to snap between desktop and tablet modes Continuum: Switch Between Windows 10 Desktop & Tablet Mode Continuum: Switch Between Windows 10 Desktop & Tablet Mode Windows 10 recognizes your hardware and instantly chooses the best display mode. When you connect your Windows 10 Mobile to a larger screen, you'll get a PC-like experience. That's the smoothness of Continuum. Read More with ease. But sometimes it can break for seemingly no reason, so we’re here to show you how to repair your touchscreen in Windows 10.

The majority of the problems are caused by driver incompatibility. This is even more likely if the touchscreen has stopped working between your upgrade from a previous operating system to Windows 10 7 Signs It's Time for You to Upgrade to Windows 10 7 Signs It's Time for You to Upgrade to Windows 10 We have given you many reasons to upgrade to Windows 10. If you're still uncertain, you should wait. For how long, you ask? Until you see the signs we've compiled for you here. Read More .

If you have your own touchscreen troubles to share or know of some alternative solutions, please be sure to let us know in the comments section.

1. Run Troubleshooting

The Windows troubleshooting tool could be the quick and easy fix to any problem with your touchscreen.

Do a system search for troubleshooting and select the relevant result. In the new window, click View all from the left-hand menu. From the list that appears, click Hardware and Devices.

hardware and devices troubleshoot

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Click Next and run the wizard through. The tool will automatically detect issues and then repair them. However, it’s by no means comprehensive and you may need to carry on reading.

2. Calibrate the Touchscreen

When your touchscreen is slow to respond or records your touch gestures inaccurately, a re-calibration might be all it takes to bring it up to speed.

Do a system search for calibrate and select Calibrate the screen for pen or touch. A new window will open containing tablet PC settings.

calibrate

On the Display tab, use the Setup… and the Calibrate… buttons in turn to see if this resolves the issue.

3. Disable and Re-enable the Touchscreen

The closest fix to rebooting the entire computer Why Does Rebooting Your Computer Fix So Many Issues? Why Does Rebooting Your Computer Fix So Many Issues? "Have you tried rebooting?" It's technical advice that gets thrown around a lot, but there's a reason: it works. Not just for PCs, but a wide range of devices. We explain why. Read More , which should have been your very first step, is turning the touchscreen off and back on.

Press CTRL + X and select Device ManagerLeft click the arrow next to Human Interface Devices to open the dropdown. Right click the listing for HID-compliant touch screen and select Disable. You’ll be asked to confirm this, so click Yes.

device driver disable

You now need right click the listing again, but this time select Enable. This is one of the simplest solutions, but it doesn’t always work. In fact, you may find that the issue still continues after a system restart. If that’s the case, please read on.

4. Update the Drivers

A driver is a piece of software that helps your hardware, for example your touchscreen, communicate with your computer’s processor. Thus touchscreen malfunctions could be due to a faulty driver.

Following on from the instructions above, with Device Manager still open, right click the HID-compliant touch screen and select Update Driver Software….

You’ll want to Search automatically for updated driver software. This will scan Microsoft’s database for any updates available for your touchscreen device. Follow the wizard through as necessary, then restart and see if your problem is resolved.

update driver software

If not, you should try going directly to the manufacturer’s website, look for their drivers page, select your device number, and download the latest driver.

With this driver downloaded, you may be able to extract it and install it automatically. However, you can select Update Driver Software… again, but this time click Browse my computer for driver software. Use Browse… to locate it, then follow the wizard through.

For more information on updating drivers, check out our guide on how to find and replace outdated drivers How to Find & Replace Outdated Windows Drivers How to Find & Replace Outdated Windows Drivers Your drivers might be outdated and need updating, but how are you to know? First, don't fix it if it ain't broke! If drivers do need updating, though, here are your options. Read More .

5. Rollback the Drivers

In Windows 10, the Windows Update also updates your hardware drivers. Unfortunately, not all driver versions work equally well. If it’s actually driver updates that are causing the problems, you should try rolling back to the default.

For this, again in Device Manager, right click the HID-compliant touch screen and then select Properties. Then switch to the Driver tab and select Roll Back Driver.

roll back driver

If you know that there’s a specific older driver version that will work, but aren’t able to get to it through rolling back, within the Driver tab select Uninstall instead and then follow the method outlined in step four above.

Windows 10 has automatic updates Pros & Cons of Forced Updates in Windows 10 Pros & Cons of Forced Updates in Windows 10 Updates will change in Windows 10. Right now you can pick and choose. Windows 10, however, will force updates onto you. It has advantages, like improved security, but it can also go wrong. What's more... Read More  and you might find that the system keeps pushing the latest drivers onto you — which may very well be the ones causing the problem. For details on how to overcome this, check out our guide on how take back control over driver updates Take Back Control Over Driver Updates in Windows 10 Take Back Control Over Driver Updates in Windows 10 A bad Windows driver can ruin your day. In Windows 10, Windows Update automatically updates hardware drivers. If you suffer the consequences, let us show you how to roll back your driver and block future... Read More .

Touch Problems Resolved

Hopefully, our advice above has resolved any problems that you were having with your touchscreen. If you’ve never been able to get your touchscreen to work, especially if under multiple operating systems, contact the manufacturer for support.

For related touch content, if you’re having problems with your tablet’s screen, check out our guide on how to resolve your tablet’s touchscreen issues 5 Tips to Resolve Your Tablet's Touchscreen Problems 5 Tips to Resolve Your Tablet's Touchscreen Problems Tapping, swiping or zoom-pinching, there's often a moment when the touchscreen display on your tablet refuses to respond. How do you overcome this, and achieve tablet-tapping Zen? Read More .

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  1. Michael
    August 10, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    worked well thanks

  2. Nina Mourning
    August 5, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    Thank you! Thank you! #1 - Run troubleshooting worked! Not only fixed my touchscreen, my computer now works with a printer that I couldn't get to work for the last couple of years. Yay!

  3. John Glitsos
    July 27, 2017 at 6:14 pm

    I am trying to install an application on a public touch screen on a Windows 10 computer.

    The multi-point touch driver leaves too many openings for guests to escape to the desktop, open settings, move to another window or do other things that are not desirable.

    Is there any way to make the touchscreen act like a mouse, only reacting to a touch (mouse down) and release (mouse up)??

    • John Glitsos
      July 27, 2017 at 9:51 pm

      Someone here discovered that you can set the touchscreen driver to the "wrong" one, a mouse driver instead, which solves this issue. In case anyone else needs to do this, here are instructions:

      Open Device Manager
      Under Human Interface devices, look for Touch Screen or touchscreen device
      Right Click it and select Update Driver
      Click "Browse my computer for driver software"
      Click "Let me pick from list......."
      Uncheck "Show Compatible Driver"
      Under "Manufacturer", select Standard System Devices
      Under Model, select USB Input Device then click next
      It will warn you that it's not the correct driver but just proceed anyway.
      After installing, the USB Input Device entry will have a "bang" or "!". This is ok.
      Test the touch screen to see if it is not converted to mouse cursor when touched.

  4. Tom
    July 18, 2017 at 2:11 pm

    My problem is that I have a tablet running windows 10 without touchscreen function so I can't access anything. This was originally a Windows 7 or 8 tablet that I upgraded while Win 10 was available free and everything worked fine but then some things started going screwy so I tried to reset the tablet. Instead of reinstalling the original windows it reinstalled the Win 10 version but set to desktop with the touch control turned off. I can't even log on let alone change settings or initiate an update. Any Ideas of how to fix this?

  5. fredbaby
    May 28, 2017 at 8:01 pm

    nothing has worked, tried everything, device manager says touchscreen drivers up to date and working propoerly

  6. gmail
    April 28, 2017 at 10:27 pm

    None of this helped, I don't know what is happening to my computer screen but I do know that I can't fix it...

  7. Bill
    April 17, 2017 at 7:02 pm

    Viewsonic series TD2240, model#VS15556, touchscreen feature stopped working. I uploaded the most recent Viewsonic driver for that monitor. I checked and have the latest Win10 update. The Device Manager/Human Interface Devices does not show a touchscreen. I have rebooted, scratched my head, sacrificed a chicken born under a fool (intentional) moon to no avail. This monitor tilts flat which made it great to draw on and now butkus, nil, no touch screen. The monitor is on a Gateway i5, the system info says that no pen or touch is available for this display. Odd as it worked for months after I upgraded from Win 8 to Win10. Any suggestions??

  8. Charlaine
    April 1, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    My hid-compliant touch screen was deleted or it's a ghost driver now. There says the driver is no longer connected to the computer. Please reconnect. And then there's code 45.
    How do you fix that?

    Thank you.

    • harriet
      April 11, 2017 at 6:55 am

      reinstall your bluetooth driver and restart
      it will fix your touchscreen problem

  9. Cy Lab
    January 27, 2017 at 9:28 pm

    Method 3 worked like magic!

  10. Collin
    January 19, 2017 at 2:27 am

    I ran Windows 10 setup from a USB drive on my Dell Venue 8 Pro 3845. I can't get my touchscreen to work even from there. If all else fails, I have recently purchased a small device that allows connection of three USB male ports (it hasn't come in the mail yet) and I can connect a wireless mouse, but it would be much more convenient to use the touchscreen. Of course, I can always install touch drivers after installation, but, as I said, it would be easier overall to use the touchscreen for setup. (Wow, that was extremely redundant xD)

  11. Horst
    January 13, 2017 at 11:14 pm

    About touch screen problems.
    Have also the problem on a trekstore wintron 7.
    Response positions are diffrent over the screen. The positions in the midle were ok.
    Upper and lower corners have different fails.
    Tried to adjust with Calibration. This is absolutly crazy. Nothing works ok.
    Pushing right upper edge results response lower left edge !!
    Finger wipe up, response by down moving.
    I checked the known driver problem. I used the right driver !!!
    Seems to be bad general function.
    Accuracy seems there a great problem.
    The default cal is the best but corners on screen do not fit.
    Tested it by a second item of the same type shows me the same problem !!
    There it is truth, you get what you pay for !!

  12. tanya
    January 4, 2017 at 3:59 am

    Darn it! I tried everything on the list and it still hasn't resolved with weird problem I'm having. I have a square - literally a 1.5” square that shows up on all screens. It popped up out of nowhere and when I reboot I have a dual cursor in there. Meaning another arrow and my mouse creates another one. The touch screen is now hit or miss and I can't seem to get rid of this box. Can't seem to find anything about it and wondering if anyone else has seen anything like it.?

  13. mr bassman
    December 8, 2016 at 3:42 pm

    hello, i have a problem with the response time or accuracy ? of the multi touchscreen. if i use the mouse or a wacom pen tablet the volume control slider in the taskbar is accurate with one digit (from 100 to 99 %) if i use the multi touchscreen it seems to get stuck for a second and does only multiple digits. ( from 100 to 95) if i hold the finger on the slider after the 'stuck' it will do one digit. this is a problem when i use musical software. the volume becomes 'jumpy'.

    it seems a limitation of the drivers?? i tried all suggest solutions on this web page. can someone please help me to solve this? i need the audio software for work. there were no extra drivers for the screen (iilama multitouch)

  14. Kindo Blimbo
    December 1, 2016 at 3:37 am

    This made my day thank you make use of
    I simply ran the troubleshooting and it worked.

  15. Craig Fialkowski
    September 20, 2016 at 1:21 am

    I have a HP Envy 21" All-in-One PC running Windows 10. Was working fine and one day the screen started shaking and windows popping up, circles appeared on the screen. I was not able to move the mouse to any fields. I turned off the computer, waited a while and turned back on. Which fixed the problem for about a week. Then the problem came back, only worse. I called HP with no help after 3 hours on the phone but did figure out that if I turn off the Touch Screen in Device Manager, the problem went away. HP thinks my User is corrupted, and tried to create a new USER. Although the new USER did not experience the same problem with Touch Screen, I lost all of my programs and info. So it was easier to use my existing USER account and NO Touch Screen, which I didn't use anyway.

    • Pete smith
      September 30, 2016 at 11:16 am

      Hey Craig... I have EXACTLY the same problem! did you find a fix?.....
      turned off touch screen and no problem but so annoying i cannot use it....
      anybody out there know how to fix?...
      tried updating driver but windows says im using the latest....
      Ive had this problem before and after the latest Anniversary Update....
      thanks for any help.... Pete

      • Laura H
        October 31, 2016 at 7:27 pm

        Hey Pete,
        the same problem happend to me today? Did you find out how to fix it?

        Laura

        • nick
          November 30, 2016 at 5:07 am

          any luck?

        • Jesse
          April 14, 2017 at 3:26 pm

          Pretty late to this thread but I've been having this problem for some time now and its a nightmare. I can fix it by disabling the touch screen and uninstall it but it automatically re-installs on updates. When touchscreen takes over, it is impossible to get any work done and its so bad that it typically takes 20 minutes just to disable the touch screen. When the touchscreen takes over, it opens applications, changes settings, and has even deleted some applications. Has anyone been able to solve this or at least know how to permanently disable it??