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I just got a new Windows 8 laptop. So far the biggest problem is the hideous Elan-powered touchpad. It has a crazily-fast and sensitive scroll speed, and has the scroll direction inverted. The controls to modify these settings are greyed out under the Elan panel in control panel > mouse, for some reason.

I can uninstall it via device manager or BIOS, but what will happen if I do? Will Windows 8 revert to some sort of default, no-frills touchpad software? Presumably at the very least I'll lose the ability to do anything with the touchpad except move the cursor and click.

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Likely, yes, Windows will revert to some simple, basic functions. However, it may completely disable your trackpad, depending on whether the Windows default driver supports your trackpad or not. You should have a USB mouse handy in case this happens.

It's possible that your trackpad driver may need to be re-installed in order to provide access to the settings you're looking for. Generally, you can obtain driver installation files from your laptop manufacturer's website. Uninstalling and re-installing drivers may or may not fix the problem, but it's definitely worth a try.

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