Windows Tips & Tricks

How To Enable TouchPad Gestures on Windows 8

If you are either subscribed to MSDN or TechNet – the official channels of the Microsoft, I am pretty sure most of you have downloaded the RTM (release-to-manufacturing) version of the upcoming Windows 8 OS. I know you are experiencing great new stuff but do you miss the good old TouchPad functionality on your Windows 8 RTM build running notebook (since there are only touch controls enabled without support for TouchPad)? I am sure you are pretty missing it then how about having it back?


This is something most of you would be interested in! If you are one of those users who have already downloaded the RTM build of the Windows 8 OS and want to enable TouchPad gestures functionality on the notebook, you should know that Microsoft at first integrated the Elan alpha drivers with the preview editions of the Windows 8 but due to one or more reasons the decision was rolled back and thus the RTM Version was shipped without these drivers.

synaptics touchpad windows 8

Microsoft has recently verified that the new Elan drivers are in the works and shall soon be out for the Windows 8 OS, but still if you cannot wait till that time, you should be glad to know that the old Synaptics Windows 7 drivers are compatible with Windows 8 OS (as reported), that means you can have the same gestures control on your Windows 8 running notebook. All you need to do is simply look at this list of synaptics drivers and install the driver.

There you will find a number of OS versions but there won’t be any Windows 8 supported driver. Not to worry folks, you just download any driver you want from the list that is available and you are good to go. After installing the driver, you will be able to control the Windows 8’s interface through your notebook’s TouchPad gestures.


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