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Can't use any mouse on Vista: Access Denied

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by blueturtl, Apr 25, 2010.

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    blueturtl Thread Starter

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    As a regular user on said system, plugging in any external USB mouse it will just say installing drivers failed on the account of no drivers being found.

    As an administrator, it will tell you it tried to install the drivers but failed. Access is Denied.

    The system is a HP Pavilion notebook that came preinstalled with Windows Vista.

    This has been tested with many mice, new and old. Really any of them should just work when plugged in (since Windows 95). I have no idea what could cause this. I went over system services and enabled the HID service but that made no difference. :confused:

    Installing the drivers by hand from manufacturer site does not work either. The only thing that works is the notebook built in touchpad.
     
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    blueturtl Thread Starter

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    Am I really going to have to reinstall Windows in this day and age because it won't recognize a mouse?!
     
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    I asked the guru on top of the mountain, and he said it might have to do with ACLs in Vista. Basically even admins can have certain privileges removed. However admins can also modify the ACLs (Access Control Lists?).

    If it is indeed the solution, where do I find the ACL functionality in Windows?
     
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