Two fingers usage on Windows trackpads

Posted on 2011-04-21
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
I just got an HP Envy laptop.  I use to have an HP laptop and the trackpads on windows machines have always been some what useless.  The technology hasn't changed.  I'm used to my Macbook Pro trackpad where everything of course works.

On the MBP, you can use two fingers with no problem.  One to track and one to click.  Scrolling is flawless.  On the HP trackpad, I can't do that.  I have to use one finger.  If I try to use two like on the MBP, tracking more or less stops as the trackpad has no idea what is going on and basically ceases up.  I called HP and they said you can't use two fingers.  I asked about scrolling as well, which sometimes engages and mostly doesn't.  They said you have to play around with it.

Anyone using a Windows (7) laptop with a trackpad know of some way to enable two finger usage like on a MBP?  Guess I find it difficult to believe Windows trackpads are still this bad.
Question by:brettr
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    Accepted Solution

    Install the Windows Trackpad Driver:


    "Download a copy of 7-zip and extract the contents of the exe file that you’ve downloaded in the previous step.

    This will create a new file called “BootCampUpdate32.msp” – extract the contents of this file as well using 7-zip again.

    You’ll now have several sub-folders that are named like BootCamp3135*. One of these folders will have a file called “Binary.AppleWirelessTrackpad_Bin” – just add a .exe extension to this file and then double-click to run it."
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    Expert Comment

    This work only with an Apple Trackpad.

    Author Comment

    Not sure why are you are wanting me to download Mac OS X software for Windows 7.
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    Expert Comment

    To do the same gestures on your HP Notebook you need an optional Apple Trackpad. Without this Trackpad it didnt work.

    The other option is: you download the latest synaptics patch on HPs website. but its not the same.

    Author Comment

    I don't have a Magic Trackpad.  I'm referring to the built-in trackpad.
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    by:Rob Hutchinson
    The trackpad drivers are typically built into the Win7 operating system although I've seen a lot of laptops where the trackpad will work 'okay' using the driver/software from the operating system.

    In other cases, I've seen the trackpads just act strange when trying to use the operating system driver/software so that the only way you can get them to work right is to download the specific trackpad driver from the manufacturer.

    If HP does not have a specific Win7 trackpad driver, then you might be SOL.

    Author Closing Comment


    Bought a Magic Trackpad and your solution works awesome with it.  This is a great video of the steps:

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