How to Fix Your Windows 10 Touchscreen Not Working (Guide 2021)

How to Fix Your Windows 10 Touchscreen Not Working

How to Fix an Unresponsive Windows 10 Touch Screen

While Microsoft Surface is Windows 10’s flagship hybrid device, it’s not alone in Windows 10 touchscreen Devices. Touchscreen laptops are becoming more affordable, which means if you buy one new decent laptop today, it will have a touch screen. As always, the disadvantages of previously exclusive hardware reaching critical mass are compatibility and reliability issues. It’s not uncommon to experience issues with unresponsive or unresponsive touchscreens in Windows 10, relegating you to the traditional keyboard and mouse.

Fix a Windows 10 Touchscreen:

A number of issues can affect the performance of your Windows 10 touchscreen. Try the following solutions to reduce what is affecting your PC.

1. Reboot Your Touchscreen Device

It may sound patronizing, but with longer battery life and advanced sleep and wake features, you can turn off your device less than you think. Sometimes a reboot is just what your computer needs to make the touchscreen work again. Before dedicating your time and effort to troubleshooting, first, try to see if that fixes the problem.

2. Clean Your Touchscreen

The first thing that is necessary to check is to see if your screen is dirty or clean? Grease and dirt build up on the screen after a while, which will affect your sensors and make them less responsive. If you have a dirty or stained screen, wipe it with a microfiber cloth.

For stubborn stains, you can use a mild cleaner that is safe for electronics. Do not use alcohol or soap on the screen, as these chemicals can further damage the screen. Instead, fill a spray bottle with equal parts vinegar and distilled water, spray the mixture on a cloth and wipe it dry.

3. Troubleshoot the Drivers

If the simple steps above do not resolve the issue, run the hardware and device troubleshooter. Open the Control Panel and navigate to Troubleshooting> View All> Hardware and Peripherals. Then go through the wizard and wait for Windows 10 to try to detect a problem.

You can also select Advanced and make sure the Automatically apply repairs option is checked.

If a fix is shown, select Apply this fix and then reboot your PC if prompted.

How to Fix an Unresponsive Windows 10 Touch Screen

4. Disable and Enable Touchscreen Drivers:

It’s the equivalent of the controller deactivating and reactivating something, and for some reason, it sometimes magically solves the problem. Press the Windows key and type: device manager, then select the Control Panel option at the top of the results.

How to Fix an Unresponsive Windows 10 Touch Screen

In Device Manager, left-click Human Interface Devices to expand the drop-down menu. Now, right-click on “HID Compatible Touch Screen” and then select ‘Disable Driver’. Right-click on it once again and then select Enable.

How to Fix an Unresponsive Windows 10 Touch Screen

5. Update Your Device Driver:

If activating and deactivating the device does not work, try to choose the Update Driver option by right-clicking on the Device Manager (same screen shown above). Windows will search the web and automatically find a newer driver if one exists.


Microsoft has adopted touch interfaces for all types of devices, from laptops to tablets running Windows 10. Hopefully one of these tips will work for you. If you are still having problems with the screen, it is probably time to recover it and hopefully, it is still under warranty.

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