Surface Tip: How To Disable The Touch Feature to Turn Into A Laptop

I have a colleague who dropped and cracked her Surface screen pretty badly the other day. While the machine is still function normally its touch feature are totally messed up. I couldn’t even hook it on an external monitor to work just like a normal laptop because the interference from the broken touch screen was making the cursor jumping all over the place. There is no way to use a mouse either.

The only way I can think of is find a way to disable the touch feature so I can at least let my colleague to keep using Surface as a normal laptop while waiting for the replacement to arrive.

Obviously, there is no such setting in Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 that lets you do that. So here is what I ended up doing. And it works like a charm.

Go to Device Manager in Control Panel, expand Human Interface Devices section, find a driver called HID-compliant touch screen.

Device Manage - HID devices - touch screen

Right-click on it and select Disable. Click Yes to confirm. The touch feature will be disabled right after.

That’s it. I successfully turned a Surface tablet into a regular laptop with a touch screen.

Kent Chen

Microsoft MVP, IT Professional, Developer, Geek, and the co-founder of Next of Windows.

Last updated: 09/04/2015

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