How do I disable TouchPad in Windows Vista?

By ohadbenita
Mar 13, 2009
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  1. Hi,

    I'm using Dell Inspiron 1420 on Windows Vista Home Premium.

    I'd be glad for any tips as how to disable the built-in touchpad.

    Thanks,
    Ohad.
  2. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,392   +36

    I;m going to take a stab at this because the touchpad isn't a 'Vista' feature, but one for a laptop. Go to the Control Panel> Mouse> Touchpad> disable there.

    It is also loading at startup. My Dell use Apoint:

    Here is how to use MSCONFIG in Windows Vista to disable processes on startup:
    http://www.netsquirrel.com/msconfig/msconfig_vista.html

    This site show a click on Normal Startup. Instead, please click on Selective Startup then the Startup tab.

    Look for Apoint and UNCHECK it. Then click on Apply> OK
    NOTE: when you reboot the first time, you'll get a nag message that can be ignore and closed after checking 'don't show this message again.' Stay in Selective Startup.
  3. ohadbenita

    ohadbenita Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 28

    Thanks Bobbye

    I appreciate the detailed answer,

    Ohad.
  4. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,392   +36

    You're welcome. Please let us know if you need more help disabling the touchpad.
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