Updating your mouse driver without a mouse.

A question was just asked on twitter that I thought might be of use to some people.

So, here goes. Follow the following distructions:

These are for Windows XP.

  1. Start system properties by pressing the windows key plus pause. Pause is usually on the top right of desktop keyboards.
  2. Press the control + tab combination twice to move to the hardware tab.
  3. Press alt + d to activate the Device manager button. If you can see the screen, you will notice that under lined letters for buttons, radio buttons, checkboxes and even some edit fields can be accessed quickly by using the alt key + that letter. For menu items, pressing the letter alone will activate that option. In the case of menus with two of the same underlined letters, pressing the letter will set focus to one of these.
  4. To jump to the list of hardware, press the tab key once.
  5. Press the letter m to jump to the item labeled:”Mice and other pointing devices”.
  6. Expand this item by pressing the right arrow.
  7. You will usually only see one item in this list. Press the down arrow to highlight it.
  8. Activate the context menu. ON a mouse, this is usually obtained by clicking the right button. On a keyboard, press the applications key. This is three to the right of the space bar on most desktop keyboards. If you are using a laptop that does not have an applications key, you can press shift + F10.
  9. The first item in this list is “Update driver”. Use the down arrow to highlight this and press enter to activate it.
  10. The following wizzard will walk you through the process of updating your driver. You may use the tab key to cycle around the options on this screen, the enter key to activate buttons and of course, as explained earlier, use alt + underlined letters to quickly activate buttons and other controls. For example, alt + n for next.

For users of Windows Vista and Windows 7:

  1. Go to the start menu by pressing the windows key or control + escape.
  2. You will automatically be in the search box. Type the following without the quotes. “device manager”.
  3. To jump to the list of hardware, press the tab key once.
  4. Press the letter m to jump to the item labeled:”Mice and other pointing devices”.
  5. Expand this item by pressing the right arrow.
  6. You will usually only see one item in this list. Press the down arrow to highlight it.
  7. Activate the context menu. ON a mouse, this is usually obtained by clicking the right button. On a keyboard, press the applications key. This is three to the right of the space bar on most desktop keyboards. If you are using a laptop that does not have an applications key, you can press shift + F10.
  8. The first item in this list is “Update driver”. Use the down arrow to highlight this and press enter to activate it.
  9. The following wizzard will walk you through the process of updating your driver. You may use the tab key to cycle around the options on this screen, the enter key to activate buttons and of course, as explained earlier, use alt + underlined letters to quickly activate buttons and other controls. For example, alt + n for next.

Hopefully that works for you. If not, please post a comment.