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Windows 7: Beware of Ctrl/Z with a laptop

12 Nov 2011   #11

Win8 Pro 64-bit

I do not maximize the Freecell window because I am doing other things, or watching other windows. If you haven't had the issue with laptops of activating the touchpad accidentally, then you are indeed blessed, and in my case, the option for disabling it is greyed out in the properties/driver tab. See, for example, cursor jumps while typing - Microsoft Answers. There is even a free program for disabling the touchpad when you type, called TouchPad Pal, but it doesn't work all the time. It's annoying to have to be careful not to touch that area. Maybe I'm just not a delicate person. Perhaps I should find a piece of plastic to cover it with and use something sticky but not too sticky to keep it affixed until my next restoration of a good Win7 image, which is coming soon.

As far as freecell is concerned, I don't think of it as a game per se, but as a problem, as well as a little bit of mind-tuning. It has been more than 2 years since I have lost a game, but that just means I haven't run into 11982, 146692, 186216, 455889, 495505, 512118, 517776 or 781948. I do not give up: there exists a solution to almost every freecell, and I do not like losing, so I persist until I find it.

I should have put a smiley in when I joked about the undo being the best feature of Win7; I'm assuming that nobody took that seriously. Win7 is certainly better than its predecessor, the Windows Not-Responding system, oops, I misspelled Vista. It really is good: I had even bought a "real"--i.e., retail, not oem, Vista Ultimate, just to be able to get MS tech support, but even they were unable to fix all of its nightmares, after months and months of back and forth email support. I waited to upgrade to Win7 until the first sp came out, but if I had realized how nice it was, I would have abandoned Vista long ago.

The option to disable the touchpad is not in the device manager, which I have seen several people complaining about not being there, but it is on the device settings of the mouse in the control panel, put there by the Synaptics software. I had forgotten where it was, and went looking around on the internet, and found that it was "supposed" to be on a tab that comes up when you click on the properties of the touchpad in the device manager--NOT with Synaptics--and I got upset that the Synaptics software wasn't installing properly. To disable the touchpad is easy with Synaptics, you just have to know where to look for the option to do so: Control Panel/Mouse/Device Settings/[check "Disable internal pointing device when external USB pointing device is attached]. You won't lose the touchpad if your usb mouse messes up; all you have to do is unplug it.

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12 Nov 2011   #12
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1

I thought I was OCD with Solitaire.

I do however agree that a touchpad is an alien device to wear down humankind's resistance. It is a couple notches better the "eraser" nub seen on laptops. They were as acurate as throwing a handful of sand at a bullseye.
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12 Nov 2011   #13

Windows 7 Professional SP1 32-bit

I'm kinda used to touchpads now...hardly even bother with a USB mouse on my laptop anymore.

What makes them so evil though is the cursed tap-to-click feature. In Windows, you need the full driver suite (usually Synaptics) just to turn it off, and if you're in any rescue environment based on WinPE you're stuck with it. I HATE THAT... Whose idea was it to have this ON by default?
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