Windows 8 and touchpad issues
I upgraded an old Toshiba L45-S7423 laptop from Windows XP to Windows 8 Pro recently via CD/DVD. A couple of days later, the touchpad stopped working, but a USB mouse works just fine. The touchpad issue might be related to a Windows update that occurred about the same time. The laptop has been running Windows XP for several years without issues other than slow boot and shutdown. Of course, I know very little about Windows 8. Any ideas on how to proceed. Thanks!
October 29th, 2012 9:22pm

Interestingly, it looks like the L45-S7423 is not on the list of laptops supported by Toshiba for upgrade to Windows 8.  However, before upgrading to Windows 8, I ran the stand-alone Windows 8 compatibility checker from Microsoft and it found no issues with the laptop.

Be careful because Microsoft's compatibility checker may not identify all the problematic hardware.

So, I will have to investigate if this laptop will run Windows 7.  If not, I guess I am stuck with a dead end Windows XP operating system or will have to move to a Linux variant.

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October 29th, 2012 11:38pm


It seems the issue is more related to the driver update from Microsoft site. I recommend performing System Restore first. Then, you may prevent installing the hardware driver updates from Microsoft right now.

November 1st, 2012 9:59am

Its better to buy the laptops which are fully compatible for Windows 8.1 upgrade with signed drivers. Few laptops can be found here for 300$ and 500$.

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