How to Fix Touchscreen Touchscreen in the Latest Windows 10

By | August 23, 2022

Windows 10 is great for touchscreens, thanks mainly to the touch-only apps section of the Windows Ink Workspace. But is your touch screen not working? Sometimes it can crash, so I’m here to show you how to fix your touchscreen in Windows 10.

Most of the problems are caused by driver incompatibility. It’s even more likely if the touchscreen stops working from an operating system prior to Windows 10. I’ll cover this, along with a bunch of troubleshooting tips.

Run Troubleshooting

Run Troubleshooting Windows can be a quick and easy fix for any problem with your touch screen.

Perform a system search for Run Troubleshooting and select the relevant result. In the new window, click See all from the left menu. From the list that appears, click Hardware and Devices.

Click Next and run the wizard. This tool will detect the problem automatically and then fix it. However, it is by no means comprehensive and you may need to keep reading.

Touch Screen Calibration (Calibrate the Touchscreen)
When your touchscreen is slow to respond or inaccurately records your touch gestures, recalibration may be all that’s needed to speed things up. Here’s how to calibrate the touch screen.

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

On the Display tab, alternately use the Setupā€¦ and Calibrateā€¦ buttons to see if this solves the problem.

Disable and Re-enable the Touchscreen
The closest fix to rebooting the entire computer, which should be your first step, is to turn the touchscreen off and back on again.

Press CTRL + X and select Device Manager. Double click on Human Interface Devices to open the dropdown. Right-click on the list for HID-compliant touchscreens and select Disable. You will be asked to confirm this, so click Yes.

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

Change Power Management Settings
Windows 10 will do its best to change the power, but sometimes the settings can get too excited and turn off your touchscreen after a period of activity.

While the touch screen will automatically reactivate when it detects input, this is not always true. Thus, you can disable your touchscreen power saving to see if this fixes the problem.

To get started, press Windows key + X and click Device Manager. Next, double-click on Human Interface Devices, then double-click the listing for HID-compliant touchscreens.

This will open a new window. Switch to the Power Management tab. Untick Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power. Click OK, then restart your system.

Update Driver (Update the Drivers)
Drivers are software that helps your hardware. For example, your touch screen communicates with your computer’s processor. So touch screen malfunctions could be caused by faulty drivers.

Following the instructions above, with Device Manager still open, right-click the HID-compliant touchscreen and select Update Software

It will Search automatically for updated driver software. This will scan the Microsoft database for any available updates for your touchscreen device. Follow the guide as necessary, then restart and see if your issue is resolved.

Otherwise, you should try to go directly to the manufacturer’s website, search for their driver page, select your device number, and download the latest driver.

With this driver, 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 find it, then follow the wizard.

Rollback the Drivers

In Windows 10, Windows Update also updates your hardware drivers. Unfortunately, not all versions of the driver work properly. If it’s actually a driver update that’s causing the problem, you should try reverting to defaults.

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.

You know that there is a more specific version of the older driver that will work but can’t do it via rollback. In the Driver tab select Uninstall, then follow the method outlined in step four above.

Windows 10 has automatic updates and you may find that the system keeps pushing the latest drivers at you which might be the cause of the problem.

Uninstall Recent Programs (Uninstall Recent Programs)
For whatever reason, some programs cause touchscreen problems. If your touch screen has recently crashed, you will need to remove the program you just added.

To do this, press Windows key + I to open Settings. Click Applications. Use the Sort by drop-down and select Install date.

Look for the date when the touchscreen problem started. Working, click each app in turn and Uninstall it. Reboot your computer each time and see if that fixes the touchscreen.

Move to another room
This one sounds weird but is worth checking out as other nearby electronic devices can interfere with the touchscreen. It could be caused by something you plugged into the same power outlet or because you have multiple computers in close proximity.

It is very easy to diagnose this. Take your touchscreen device somewhere else and give it a try. If successful, electromagnetic interference is the culprit.

To work around this, go back to the original space and turn everything off. Then, flip them one by one to see what’s causing the problem. If nothing goes wrong, check the nearby area for advanced equipment that could be the cause.

Contact Manufacturer
Have you tried all these tips and your touch screen is still broken? If so, you may have to contact your system manufacturer to have them investigate.

It looks like the problem is a hardware error, not a system problem, and they will have the expertise to fix it. You may find that you are still covered by warranty, depending on what caused the damage.

Hopefully my suggestions above have resolved any issues you’re having with your touchscreen.

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