How to Uninstall Corrupt Mouse Drivers From Windows XP

by Daniel Hatter

Windows XP users have the ability to configure and modify devices in the Windows Device Manager (also present in Windows Vista and 7). This can come in handy, especially when device drivers are suspected to be corrupted. Corrupted drivers, while sometimes difficult to pinpoint because of people's tendency to suspect the device as defective first, can be crippling to devices that would otherwise function perfectly. Uninstalling corrupt drivers is a fairly simple operation with the Device Manager.


Open the Device Manager. Go to "Start" > "Control Panel" > "Performance and Maintenance" > "System," then open the "Hardware" tab and click on "Device Manager." Expand the list of devices under "Mice and other pointing devices," then double-click on your mouse.


Click to open the "Driver" tab, then click on the "Uninstall" button at the bottom of the dialog box. You will now be prompted to confirm the operation. Click "OK" to continue. The uninstallation process will now commence.


Reinstall your drivers (via CD-ROM, installation file or whatever form you have them in). Ensure you follow the directions included with your mouse and close all open programs before beginning the reinstallation process.

About the Author

Daniel Hatter began writing professionally in 2008. His writing focuses on topics in computers, Web design, software development and technology. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in media and game development and information technology at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

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