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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 .

Do you have problems with your touchscreen in Windows 10? Do you have any solutions to share?

  1. 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.

  2. 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?

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