You’ve installed Windows 8 on a MacBook Air using Boot Camp, but the trackpad just doesn’t work like it did in OS X!
There are a number of things I’ve found* that make it better, and they’re all free. I’m quite happy with the trackpad after following these steps:
First: You installed Apple’s drivers for the trackpad, right? Check in Windows’ Device Manager: under “Human Interface Devices” you should see “Apple Multitouch” and “Apple Multitouch Mouse.” If these aren’t there, download the “support files” (drivers) using Boot Camp Assistant (a Mac app designed to make downloading drivers take longer than it should) onto a USB/flash drive, and then run “setup.exe” from the downloaded files under Windows.
Use Apple’s Boot Camp Control Panel:
- Hit Windows + W (er, Command + W) to search in settings, type “Boot Camp” and hit Enter/Return.
- Answer “Yes” to the question about whether you want to let this app have its way with your computer.
- In the resulting “Boot Camp Control Panel” switch to the “Trackpad” tab. Here you’ll find a number of rudimentary settings specific to the MacBook Air’s trackpad.
I like “Tap to Click”; the MacBook Air’s trackpad is too stiff for click-to-click. There seem to be circumstances where the option doesn’t appear to work; I’ve noticed before you login you still have to click-to-click. Earth to Apple: touchscreen MacBooks would not suck.
Reverse the vertical and horizontal scroll directions (for “Naturists” only):
- Hit Windows, type “Regedit” and press Enter/Return.
- Answer “Yes” to the age-old question.
- Expand the tree on the left side of Regedit through HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, SYSTEM, CurrentControlSet, Enum, HID.
- You should see a number of items under HID that start with VID. Expand each of these until you can see each’s Device Parameters… some will have it, some will not.
- Click each Device Parameters. If on the right side FlipFlopWheel is shown, double-click FlipFlopWheel, type “1″ (without the quotes) in place of “0″ and click OK. This fixes vertical panning. Do the same for FlipFlopHScroll if you want horizontal panning au naturel.
- Restart the computer (Windows + I, Power, Restart.)
Make scrolling & panning less touchy
- Hit Windows + W to search in settings (er, Command + W), and type “scrolling.”
- From the search results click “Change mouse wheel settings”
- Change the number of lines and number of characters settings to 1. (Mine were at 3.)
Please let me know if any of these helped, or if you run into trouble.
* The MacBook model I tried this with is a 13″ late-2011 MacBook Air running Mountain Lion.
** I tried Trackpad++, an alternative to the Apple driver, a few months ago. Although it provided some additional options, which you may need if the steps above don’t do it for you, it was more downside than upside. Whereas what I do now, the steps above, are all upside.