Safe Mode is utilized to resolve problems on a Windows computer. In Safe Mode, Windows loads only essential drivers, including keyboard and mouse drivers. Difficulties arise if the keyboard or mouse ceases to function in the Safe Mode. It also hampers the process of exiting Safe Mode. In this article, we will explore what actions you can take if your keyboard or mouse is not functioning in Safe Mode.
Keyboard or Mouse not functioning in Safe Mode
If your keyboard or mouse is not functioning in Safe Mode, this is likely a driver issue. We will examine solutions to resolve this problem on Windows 11/10.
- Are you utilizing a high-end keyboard or mouse?
- Connect your keyboard or mouse to another USB port
- Install another mouse or keyboard driver
- Execute System Restore
Let’s delve into all the remedies in detail.
1] Are you utilizing a high-end keyboard or mouse?
If you are using a high-end keyboard or mouse, such as the Gaming Keyboard or Mouse, it may not function in Safe Mode. Windows only loads basic essential drivers in Safe Mode. Therefore, connect a standard keyboard and mouse to your system for troubleshooting in Safe Mode.
2] Connect your keyboard or mouse to another USB port
Another workaround you can attempt is connecting your keyboard or mouse to another USB port. If you are a desktop user, try connecting your device to both front and back USB ports. Some users found that their keyboard or mouse started functioning when connected to the front USB port of their desktop computers.
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3] Install another mouse or keyboard driver
As mentioned earlier, the cause of this issue may be related to your keyboard or mouse driver. Open the Device Manager in Safe Mode and check if your keyboard or mouse driver displays a warning sign. If yes, you should reinstall the driver or install an alternative driver. If your keyboard is not functioning in Safe Mode, you can open the Device Manager by right-clicking on the Start Menu. If this doesn’t work, open Settings and go to “System > About > Device Manager.”
Install an alternative version of your keyboard or mouse driver. Follow the steps provided below:
- Open the Device Manager.
- Right-click on your Keyboard or Mouse driver and select Update device.
- Select Browse my computer for drivers.
- Select Let me pick from a list of available drivers on my computer.
- Select the Show compatible hardware checkbox.
- Install all compatible drivers one by one and see which one works.
4] Execute System Restore
If none of the above remedies worked, restore your system to the previous working state. To execute System Restore, exit Safe Mode and start your system in normal mode. To exit Safe Mode, you have to use MSConfig. However, if your keyboard is not functioning, you cannot launch MSConfig by typing in Windows Search. In this case, go to the following location and launch MSConfig by double-clicking on the executable file.
If neither your keyboard nor your mouse is functioning in Safe Mode, you have to boot into the Windows Recovery Environment. Usually, Shift + Restart is utilized to enter WinRE. However, if your keyboard is not functioning, you can enter Windows Recovery Environment by following the instructions provided below:
- Press and hold the power button until your PC shuts down completely.
- Turn on your PC. Press and hold the power button immediately when you see the manufacturer’s or Windows logo to turn your PC off again.
Repeat the above steps until your computer enters recovery mode. Now, in Windows Recovery Environment, select “Troubleshoot > Advanced Options > System Restore.”
That’s it. I hope this helps.
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Why my mouse is not functioning in Safe Mode?
Driver issues are the most common reason why your mouse is not functioning in Safe Mode. Open the Device Manager and check if your mouse driver is working fine in Safe Mode.
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Why is my keyboard and mouse suddenly not functioning?
If your keyboard or mouse suddenly stops functioning, check the respective drivers in the Device Manager. Also, check your keyboard USB cable. Connect your device to your computer via other USB ports. Power supply issues can also cause this problem. If it is a wireless device, it is possible that it got disconnected. If the Bluetooth connection is breaking randomly, there are chances of issues.
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