Many Windows laptops have a touchpad from a brand named Synaptics, which is precisely referred to as Synaptics Pointing Device in the operating system. Occasionally a need arises to remove its existing driver if it becomes corrupted or you want to install a new driver for the touchpad. In that case, you may question how to uninstall a Synaptics Pointing Device?
This can be done by uninstalling the driver for Synaptics Pointing Device and deleting the driver software in Windows Device Manager. You can also uninstall via Programs and Features in Control Panel or making use of the uninstaller file of the driver. If the uninstallation is unsuccessful, you can reinstall the driver and then make an uninstallation attempt.
How to Uninstall a Synaptics Pointing Device?
A laptop’s touchpad is used to control the cursor on the screen and has the same job as the mouse on a desktop PC. You may have to uninstall the Synaptics Pointing Device driver to fix the problems you are facing or to install the latest driver.
We describe here four ways through which you can remove the specified driver. Though it would make the touchpad unusable, you can reinstall the driver if there’s a need for it.
Method 1: Using Device Manager
Depending on your version of Windows, open Device Manager. In Windows 10 you can do this by right-clicking the Start button and selecting Device Manager.
In Device Manager, expand the section named “Mice and other pointing devices” by double-clicking on it.
Right-click on “Synaptics Pointing Device” and select Uninstall device from the options that appear.
Select the option to delete the driver software for the device.
Restart your computer when done with the removal of the driver.
Method 2: Using Add or Remove
An easy way to on how to uninstall a synaptics pointing device is through the Windows Add or Remove service. Follow these steps:
In the windows search bar (below in the taskbar), type “Add or Remove”
In the window that pop opens, either search for the driver or simply type “synaptics” in the search bar.
Click the Synaptic drive and press “Uninstall”
Method 3: Using Control Panel
You can also uninstall the Synaptics Pointing Device Driver via Programs and Features in Control Panel. Here are the steps:
Depending on your version of Windows, open Control Panel. In Windows 10, you can type Control Panel in the search bar and click on the result.
Click on Programs and Features and look for the Synaptics Pointing Device driver in the list.
Click on it and then select uninstall to start the uninstallation.
Follow the instructions to complete the uninstallation and restart the system.
Method 4: Using the Uninstaller File of the Driver Software
Like most computer programs, there should be an uninstaller file of the Synaptics Pointing Device driver that’s typically named uninstall.exe or unins000.exe. You can use that to uninstall the driver software from the computer. Here are the steps:
Go to the installation folder of the Synaptics Pointing Device driver. This can be usually found in the Program Files of Windows.
Double-click on the uninstaller file and follow the instructions to uninstall the driver software.
When done restart your computer.
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Method 5: Reinstalling the Driver Software to Uninstall
Sometimes the uninstallation process would not be successful due to missing or corrupted files. In that case, you can reinstall the Synaptics Pointing Device driver and then subsequently attempt uninstallation.
For this simply run the installer from the disk or the downloaded location. When completed follow the method above to uninstall the Synaptics Pointing Device from the system.
When Not to Uninstall Synaptics Pointing Device Driver?
A laptop’s touchpad is one of the most essential components of the PC. Being a sensitive device, software and hardware issues can affect its function. Therefore, we recommend that you don’t uninstall the driver software for the Synaptics Pointing Device if it’s working properly.
This ensures the smooth functioning of the touchpad and enables you to use the various touchpad gestures that would make you more productive.