What's the difference between a touchpad and touch input?

A touchpad is a hardware device that you use with your finger to move the pointer on the screen. Some laptops have a touchpad near the keyboard.

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Keyboard won't work in Windows 7 if I touch the touchpad after being in Ubuntu
Problem: After being in ubuntu and rebooting into windows 7 all is fine in windows until I touch the touchpad.
If I touch the touchpad at all, I am not able to type anything at all in windows. If I boot in, and just use the usb mouse, that's ok it always works fine, and the typing is fine...until I touch the touchpad!
If I reboot a 2nd time then everything is normal. This is a fresh install on windows 7 with ubuntu 9.04

Disable tap on touch pad as a click
I am much too clumsy to deal with the fancy feature of tapping on the touchpad to cause a click. I talked to Dell support and they assured me that if I removed their Dell touchpad utility that would also disable the tapping on the touch pad feature. Well I removed their touchpad software and now just using straight Windows control of the touchpad and I am still getting random touch clicks when I don't intend them. How can I disable this annoying feature. I just want to secure the cursor with the touchpad and do with the left and right buttons. I don't want any of the fancy stuff.

How to adjust the sensitivity of touch on the TouchPad?
(Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3 : Netbook : Windows 7 Starter) Just got it & salesman at Fry's Electronics showed me how to eliminate the action on the Touchpad where touching the pad is like clicking the left button. I'm sure it was under the Control Panel, but now I'm home, I can't find any function to control the Touchpad except for just simply turning it off/on totally. That's nice if I want to use a mouse, but for a lot of time I intend to use the Touchpad, but I don't like touching being the same as clicking & I don't like the high level of sensitivity of the touchpad. That almost seems like if you're CLOSE to the pad it detects your finger and does what ever.

Adjusting Touchpad sensitivity on Dell 11z running w7 ultimate (x64)
Did a clean install of W7 ultimate on a Dell 11z (x64) with all the updates. The touchpad cannot be adjusted. There is no property for any adjustment. Problem is when typing, the slightest brush of the touchpad causes the cursor to jump. And I mean the *slightest* touch! A mere brush of atoms on the touchpad causes the cursor jump.
The Dell site offers both Elan and Synaptics drivers. I am an experienced Synaptics user and want only the simgple single finger "right edge scroll" capabilities offered with the PS2 Compatible Mouse drivers - with touchpad adjustment capability because of the cursor jumping. But I will take any touchpad adjustment - anywhere - that will allow me to de-sensitize the touchpad. Elan drivers allow for touchpad adjustment but not the single finger scroll, instead forcing their multi-finger "gesture" control - which I think is junk. Arrrrgh!
I have read and tried many of the suggestions form Dell and Windows communities, and nothing works.

Touchpad not working.
Touchpad works until I enter log in pass and fully boot. Then can only use Blue Tooth mouse. Updated touchpad drivers but no luck turning on touchpad. With Vista it was as simple as turning Blue Tooth off. Computer is Alienware m15X. Any ideas?
Forgot to mention the Fn + F12 Key turns the lights on and off the touchpad but do not allow it to work.

Touchpad automatically clicks when typing
Whenever I try to type an email, during a chat, and even in this post, the touchpad clicks by itself leading me to send an email before i want to, closing the window, or just moving the cursor to a location in the middle of an email where a lot of jumbled text begins to form. How do I fix this problem of the touchpad clicking automatically.
I have visited the HP website and they do not have a driver for the touchpad for vista. I have an HP dv4335nr laptop
The touchpad is an Alps Touchpad Pointing Device as listed under XP. I've already re-installed windows 7 twice on this laptop and have the same problem every time.

Touchpad not working after installing a usb mouse
My touchpad stopped working after I had installed a usb mouse (and an IR remote). I searched numerous forums and tried everything out there with no success, including the following:
Tried the function key to turn touchpad on/off (the most obvious source of the problem)
tried reinstalling driver for touchpad from the manufacturer web site
removed the usb mouse and rebooted
went to Control Panel/Hardware and Sound/Mouse to enable touchpad - touchpad was no longer even listed
There were no problems showing up in the Device Manager
This all became a bit frustrating because I would have to reconnect the usb mouse to do any maneuvering around the system (since the touchpad was not working) to try something else.
The solution is ...

VGN-SZ770N 64Bit Alps Drivers
I have searched everywhere and tried everything to get the alps driver on my hardware working but every install file I find comes back and says I need a 64 bit version of dpinst.exe
The ONLY reason I need this is because I want to switch off touch to tap on the touchpad as it is very annoying if you accidentally touch it when typing.

Latitude D820 Touchpad Help?
I updated my iTunes software and had some significant issues with my laptop. The screen went crazy, eventually resulting in a BSOD, and was reluctant to turn back on. After waiting some time, it finally turned on, but does not respond in any way to touchpad, touchstick, or built-in mouse button input. From the symptoms, I am led to believe that it is not a hardware issue, but a driver issue. I have tried in vain for some time to locate the correct driver to get the touchpad etc. to work on my Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit.
I believe I have the D820 'EP' edition, with the NVidia Quadro NVS 120M 512MB video card, 2GB RAM, and the 2.33GHz T7600 dual-core processor, if that matters. When the touchpad and such did work, it appeared as "Alps Touchpad Device" or something similar.
iTunes, however, works wonderfully.

Dell Inspiron 1526 touchpad drivers and problems
I am running Windows 7 64 bit on my Dell Inspiron 1526. However my touchpad does not have it's same functionality. The scroll does not work and I cannot disable it. In Vista 32 my touchpad used to disable automatically when I plugged in a mouse. I found an ALPS driver (from the previous thread) that enables me to scroll without bugs but it does not let me modify my touchpad in anyway. I also found a Synaptics driver that lets me disable my touchpad manually, but it will not scroll. My touchpad is not actually recognized as a touchpad but as a "Standard Pointing Device". I was wondering if anyone could point me in the direction of a driver that would grant me the same functionality that I had in Vista 32 or at least let my touchpad actually be recognized on my computer. It is rather annoying constantly having to switch drivers.

Acer Aspire One (Netbook) Touchpad Compatability
I was wondering if anyone is having issues with their touchpad, I am running Windows 7 on a netbook, specifically an Acer Aspire One A-150-1570 and acer has this program called Touchpad Synaptics, its normally used in Win XP, but using windows 7 compatibility option, you can use it in Win 7, it crashes when I try to scroll using the right part of the touchpad. if i don't have it installed I can't click or scroll using the touchpad.

Keyboard won't work after booting from Linux Mint
I have windows 7 home premium dual booting with Linux Mint 8, on a Dell XPS M1530.
When I shut down linux mint and go back into windows I have the following problem.
Upon the windows 7 desktop appearing, I am able to type or use the keyboard as usual-until I touch the touchpad on my laptop. After I touch the touchpad, (even for just the slightest second!) I am unable to type anything. For example, if I launch the start menu and then try to type to find a file nothing will happen. The only way for me to get by this is to reboot the computer again. So essentially I have to reboot twice in order to get a working keyboard with Windows after being in linux.
This problem does not happen if I stay in Windows and reboot windows repeatedly. (I tested it by reinstalling windows and having it as the only OS for about a week.)

Alps Touchpad
I am currently running Windows 7 Pro on my Vostro 2510 Laptop. It's the best deal I ever got, but the touchpad is simply wretched cause its an Alps Touchpad. The drivers are simply abominations. The only gesture my touchpad driver has is Scroll.
So I looked around, and found this newer driver. It had some decent and most basic gestures, and it sufficed for my needs. However, it causes my Aero cursor to freeze up and no longer animate. This usually forces my mind to think my computer has frozen when it has not, very discontenting.
Then I had another Idea, what if there was a way to force Synaptics driver to think my Alps touchpad is a synaptics one so I can get synaptics features?

touchpad Dell Vostro 1700
I'm having a small inconvenience issue with my touchpad on my laptop (model and manufacturer in subject line). I cannot scroll down any screen by running my finger down the right side of the touchpad. I was wondering if there was a fix for this because the drivers from Dell will not run in Windows 7. I also would like to be able to change the functionality of my touchpad buttons (i.e. clicking both buttons to open up a new tab in internet explorer, like I can do with my Vista install on this laptop.)

Acer TravelMate Touchpad Buttons
I am trying to configure my Syanptics Touchpad on my TravelMate 5520. I have been into mouse options but there is no tab for Synaptics touchpad.
I would like to know how to do this or do I need a driver, if so could you point me to a location.

Touchpad Mouse driver not working
I recently gave vista the boot installed windows 7 on my Toshiba satellite A200-FT3 laptop. Everything went great however the touchpad doesn't seem to be functioning.
I've already installed the latest synaptic driver. The device manager even says that the device is 'working properly' however i can't get the pointer to move using the touchpad.
The 'Fn' functions work:
Fn+F7 to brighten
Fn+F6 to darken.
EXCEPT the touchpad: Fn+F9.

touchpad problem
I have sucessfully installed 7 on my HP DV2000, after some initial driver issues I have everything working except the touchpad. It is very touchy and unstable. I have installed the latest (vista) drivers from the HP site for the Synaptics Touchpad.

Enabling the touchpad
I have a new Dell inspiron 14R with Windows 7. Somehow I disabled the touchpad and I'm not sure how to undo it. I saw a little box pop up on the right hand side of the screen that said the touchpad was now disabled. I wasn't doing anything different at the time and I was not using a wireless mouse. I've restarted the computer and its still locked.

Touchpad driver
On my inspiron 1545 laptop is seems finger tracking on the touchpad stops responding sometimes. I'm using Windows 7 default drivers. Do you think it is a driver problem? Can I use a Vista driver?
Also on a side note is there a way I can disable the tap for mouse click on the touchpad?

hp mini 110 1030 nr touchpad not being detected
So i have an hp mini 110 1030 nr and everything else was detected by windows 7. i've tried installing the vista driver, and windows still wont detect the touchpad. other USB mice will work but not the touchpad, i have tried restarting, checking the device manager and it just isn't showing up anywhere. I know for a darn fact i have a touchpad but windows doesn't think the same.