Fix: Show mouse cursor in Windows 8.1 and Windows 8 tablet PC

tabletTablet PC users running Windows 8.1 or Windows 8 have a strange problem of mouse cursor not showing after bootup. Apparently, the cursor remains hidden by default after startup, and doesn’t display until a touch on the screen or by making a gesture. This problem is seen only in Windows 8 tablets that only have touch-screen-only system (no mouse or pen). This is clearly a frustrating phenomenon, but now there is a official solution to this problem, in the form of hotfix straight from Microsoft – yes no more manual editing of Windows Registry or need of using a third-party utility.

From programming point-of-view, the problem is seen in the way “ShowCursor” function works. If the function is TRUE, the display count is incremented by one. If it is FALSE, the display count is decremented by one. This triggers an internal display counter that determines whether the cursor should be displayed. The cursor is displayed only if the display count is greater than or equal to 0. If a mouse is installed, the initial display count is 0. If no mouse is installed, the display count is –1. So in actual scenario, there is really no easy way to tackle this problem programmatically. Hence we see a hotfix.

Hotfix for Windows 8.1 64-bit
Hotfix for Windows 8.1 32-bit
Hotfix for Windows 8 64-bit
Hotfix for Windows 8 32-bit

Kiran Kumar

Hi there! Kiran Kumar is an Engineer by profession, and loves blogging primarily on Microsoft Windows operating system and also enjoys reviewing software and products. Currently, he is exploring Windows 10 and you will see a lot of articles on know-how about it. When he is not writing for TWP, he enjoys time with his Family, listens to lot of music, enjoys Biking, and occasionally plays racing games on Xbox One.

  • X_Robert

    I lost the mouse pointer after upgraded to Windows 10 from Windows 8. I changed a new mouse and updated the mouse driver to the latest one with Driver Talent. Finally, it works.