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Apple Trackpad Win7 Driver

I’ve had this problem on the Windows side of things of my Macbook Pro. Its not often that I boot into Windows, but when I do, it gets bloody anoying trying to navigate around, right clicking and making selections since none of the wonderful trackpad features that I’m so used to, work on MBP with windows 7. I stumbled across this solution on an Apple support forum  and it seems to have solved my problem so far. The solutions’ called Trackpad++ and is advertised as the “world’s first and only alternative Windows driver for the Apple Multitouch Trackpad“.

The promised features are:

  • Improved pointer ballistics (i.e. how a pointer speed depends on a finger speed; six optimal presets built-in);
  • Dramatically improved two-finger scrolling experience: Mac® OS X-similar (accelerated) scrolling model implemented;
  • User-customizable option to ignore accidental trackpad input when typing, option to eliminate accidental drag’n’drop actions;
  • Trackpad++ Control Module for adjusting the Trackpad settings (finally, ALL of the Trackpad settings are put together);
  • Of course, tap-to-click, two finger tap (for right-click action) and ‘hardware’ corner-clicks are all there;
  • Full, native support of all 32-bit and 64-bit editions of the Windows® 7 operating system.

And supported devices include Apple® Macbook® Pro generations:  Early 2008,  Late 2008,  Early 2009,  Mid 2009,  Mid 2010,  Early 2011 and Apple® Macbook® Air generations:  all the existing generations.

You can head over to the forum or follow the steps outlined below;

  1. This is a pre-requisite step: install Power Plan Assistant for Windows® 7. If it’s already installed, you may, of course, skip this step. Power Plan Assistant is required, because during its setup it adjusts the system signing policy, making it possible to install drivers without Microsoft-approved signature (in fact, Power Plan Assistant comes with its own driver for keyboard backlight management). Please note, this is a mandatory step! If Power Plan Assistant has not been installed, Trackpad++ driver installation will fail.
  2. Temporary disconnect the external pointing devices, if any (USB or Bluetooth mouse, gamepad, etc.) are connected.
  3. Open Device Manager: go to Start->Control Panel->Device Manager (to see it, ‘View by’ shall be ‘Large Icons’, not ‘Category’).
  4. Expand ‘Mice and other pointing devices’ group in the Device Manager.
  5. Right-click the ‘HID-compliant mouse’ item which says in its properties (General tab) that its Location is “on Apple Multitiouch”. NOTICE: there are typically 3-4 instances of ‘HID-compliant mouse’ listed, and it’s very important to use this, and only this instance!
  6. In a context menu which should have arrived, click ‘Update Driver Software‘.
  7. In a window which appeared, click ‘Browse my computer for driver software’.
  8. Now click ‘Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer’.
  9. Now click ‘Have Disk…’ button.
  10. In a smaller window which arrived, click ‘Browse…’ button.
  11. In the file dialog, locate the ‘trackpad_plus_plus_x86.inf’ (32-bit) or ‘trackpad_plus_plus_x64.inf’ (64-bit) file and click ‘Open’. This ‘.inf’ file can be found in the folder where you have unpacked the Trackpad++_Driver_32.zip or Trackpad++_Driver_64.zip
  12. Click ‘OK’, then click ‘Next’. Window with red header will appear, in this window click ‘Install this driver software anyway’.

Driver installation may take up to 15-20 seconds. On completion, you will receive the ‘Driver was updated successfully’ message from Windows®, and the device name in the device manager will be updated to ‘Apple Multitouch Trackpad [Driver: Trackpad++]’.

Now launch Trackpad++ Control Module Setup (it’s a 32-bit / 64-bit ‘universal’ installer application) and follow the simple on-screen instructions. Reboot and Bob’s your mothers’ brother.

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Comments (4)

  1. But thanks to a hidden update here is how you get this little guy to work in Windows XP 32 bit to Windows 7…Thanks to a little hackery from Apples Bluetooth Update the Magic Mouses driver was extracted via WinRar resulting in a 32bit version and a 64bit version that you can install on any ordinary Windows PC that will enable all the scrolling magic of the Magic Mouse.

  2. Great article. All clear and really easy to do. I was looking for that driver for about an hour. Shame that Apple hasn’t done something like that yet.

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