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For those who are Annoyed with Windows 8 Charms Sidebar popping up with recent Synaptic Driver.

Discussion in 'Alienware 17 and M17x' started by xxiv24, Feb 22, 2013.

  1. xxiv24

    xxiv24 Notebook Consultant

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    This post is to give you a solution if you find the incessant popping up of the Windows 8 Charms Sidebar an annoyance and of no practical use for you.

    The new or latest Synaptics driver posted on M17x r4 has enabled swipe movement for the purpose above. Hence when you use your touchpad it would often cause the Charms Sidebar to pop up.

    All you have to do is remove this driver and install the previous M17x r4 driver which was originally developed for Windows 7 64/32bit. It doesn't allow such behaviour to occur.

    Kindly spread the word even in other forums because I see many are having the same issue and the solutions given involves registry changes etc. I think that is not necessary at all. The new driver doesn't change in terms of features other than the swipe motion is enabled. You don't see this function listed, nor can you disable it.

    Hope this helps.
     
  2. DDDenniZZZ

    DDDenniZZZ Notebook Deity

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    I think you can disable it in the synpatic driver control panel (under mouse devices) there was a charms bar/side swipe option added in recently (when the animations showing you how to do it are like apple ones i.e. has a real hand showing you the gestures). I could be wrong though, I don't mind having it there.
     
  3. Alienware-L_Porras

    Alienware-L_Porras Company Representative

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    Thanks for sharing, any program popping up from time to time gets annoying. haha. +1Rep
     
  4. Mr. Fox

    Mr. Fox Temporarily Unavailable Moderator

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    Windows 8 is an annoying OS to use with a touchpad with gestures enabled because the charms bar is downright spastic. I seldom use the touchpad, but I have gestures disabled. If I find myself having to use the touchpad instead of my external mouse, I like the touchpad to work like a simple mouse with no fancy features. Windows 8 is not spastic with the touchpad only allowing movement cursor control and mouse clicks. Your suggestion is a good one. I use older Synatic drivers that lack all the features I don't want and it does work better.
     
  5. funkmasterta

    funkmasterta Notebook Evangelist

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    Copy this text to a disable-gestures.reg file:

    Double click to merge it with your registry, then reboot.

    I don't get the people at Microsoft, did they not bother to even test Windows 8 on laptops? This is one of the biggest complaints about Windows 8.
     
  6. xxiv24

    xxiv24 Notebook Consultant

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    Not sure bro....i never found one or I missed it...But I know many have been looking for a solution on this. If it was straight forward i think it would not have been an issue per se. Kindly update if you do come across this option. That would be great. I just wanted to avoid registry meddling and also there is pretty much nothing significant between the synaptics for win 7 64bit and win 8 64 bit except for the swipe movement. Not gesture.
     
  7. shinji257

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    The newest drivers from the synaptic website will allow you to disable it in their control panel. You can still enable/disable the touchpad fine with those drivers too.
     
  8. xxiv24

    xxiv24 Notebook Consultant

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    I will try this instruction...I had downloaded the driver from Synaptics the other day but it failed to install.

    Update: Synaptics_v16_3_8_8_C_XP32_Vista32_Win7-32_XP64_Vista64_Win7-64_Acme_Inc

    This latest driver from Synaptics appears to install but then reports as failed. I dont know what else I am doing wrong.
     
  9. DDDenniZZZ

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    I knew I saw a option somewhere, see attached.

    it disables all side swipes, its on the newer drivers, I haven't installed the latest driver, I think I have a version before it, latest one has issues installing and I can't be bothered fixing it.

    synaptics.png
     

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