How to Fix It When the Cursor Disappears in Windows 10

If the cursor disappears in Windows 10, it can be frustrating, but there are several potential solutions you can try to fix the issue. Here are some steps you can follow:

  1. Check for Hardware Issues:
    • Make sure that there are no issues with your mouse or touchpad. Try using a different mouse or connecting your existing mouse to another USB port. Use Keyboard button to open start menu. Then type device manger. From device manager uninstall Mouse drives and let windows reinstall it.
    • If you’re using a laptop, check if there’s a function key (usually F3, F4, F5, or a similar key) that enables/disables the touchpad. Press the key to toggle the touchpad on/off.
  2. Restart your Computer:
    • Sometimes, a simple restart can resolve temporary glitches. Restart your computer and see if the cursor reappears.
  3. Update or Rollback Mouse Drivers:
    • Go to the “Device Manager” by right-clicking on the Start button and selecting it.
    • Locate the “Mice and other pointing devices” section, right-click on your mouse, and choose “Update driver.”
    • You can also try rolling back the driver to a previous version if an update caused the issue.
  4. Disable Fast Startup:
    • Open the Power Options by right-clicking on the Start button and selecting “Power Options.”
    • Click on “Choose what the power buttons do” on the left side.
    • Click on “Change settings that are currently unavailable.”
    • Uncheck the “Turn on fast startup” option.
    • Save changes and restart your computer.
  5. Check for Malware:
    • Run a full system scan using your antivirus or antimalware software to ensure that the disappearance of the cursor is not due to a malware infection.
  6. Perform a System File Check (SFC) and Disk Cleanup:
    • Open a Command Prompt as an administrator by right-clicking the Start button, selecting “Command Prompt (Admin).”
    • Type sfc /scannow and press Enter. This command will scan and repair corrupted system files.
    • After the SFC scan, perform a Disk Cleanup by typing cleanmgr in the Command Prompt and pressing Enter.
  7. System Restore:
    • If the issue started recently, you can try restoring your system to a point before the problem occurred. Search for “Create a restore point” in the Start menu, go to the “System Protection” tab, and click on “System Restore.”
  8. Check for Third-Party Software Conflicts:
    • Some third-party software can interfere with the mouse cursor. Try to identify if the issue occurs after installing specific software. You may need to uninstall or update that software.
  9. Create a New User Account:
    • Create a new user account and check if the issue persists there. This can help determine if the problem is specific to your user profile.
  10. Reinstall Windows 10:
    • If none of the above solutions work, you may consider reinstalling Windows 10. Before doing so, make sure to back up your important files.

Remember to try these solutions one at a time and check if the issue is resolved before moving on to the next one. If the problem persists, it might be worth seeking help from Microsoft support or a technical expert.