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MacBook Pro - how to disable trackpad while in Windows 7 Ultimate

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I've purchased a MacBook Pro and setup Boot Camp to dual boot into Windows 7 Ultimate.  Is there a way to disable the trackpad while doing a lot of typing in Windows 7 (like using a keyboard switch to enable/disable it)?  I find my palms touch the trackpad while I'm typing and send the cursor to some other location.  It's very annoying.

I appreciate any help.
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Trying it now.  It may be helpful (hard to be sure), but it's not a solution.  If you stop typing and touch the pad, the mouse pointer shifts.  I'm wondering, am I the only person with this issue?  The mouse pointer jumps so easily on my MacBook, I can't believe I'm the only user experiencing this.
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You're not the only one, I have real problems when triple booting mine to Ubuntu mostly - sometimes problems with windows 7. Have you tried disabling it in the windows device manager?
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Also, do you have the apple drivers installed from the DVD? and run apple updates from the control panel to see of anything gets updated there?

I plug an external USB mouse in and use a wireless keyboard and external monitor which keeps my fingers away from the trackpad - I am sure some of the drivers sort this out for windows 7 though :/
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At my office, I use a separate mouse and keyboard - no problem.  From my home office, though, I'm working directly on the laptop and the problem is really annoying.

Yes, I installed the apple drivers fromt the DVD.  I'll try the updates you suggested.  I wish there were a simple on/off switch on the keyboard for controlling the trackpad.  My old PC laptop had one.  I had similar problems with that machine.
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Switching track pad config from clicking by touch to clicking by clicking down the pad resolved the issue.
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The other suggestions did not resolve the issue.  My course of action did.
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