Beware of the Ideacom driver update

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Beware of the Ideacom driver update

Postby TeMerc » Wed Jan 14, 2009 9:44 am

I was a little surprised this morning to see Windows Vista offer me this optional driver update via Windows Update.

I don’t have a touch screen on this particular machine, so I was immediately suspicious. Sure enough, a bit of searching turns up plenty of reports (like this one at DSL Reports) from people who installed the driver without thinking, to then discover that their existing PS/2 mouse or notebook touchpad stopped functioning. The phantom update appears to be afflicting both XP and Vista systems.

If you install this inadvertently and find yourself with a nonfunctional mouse, the obvious solution is to use System Restore to roll back to the point before the driver was installed. However, at least one report I read online says this option doesn’t work.
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