Annoying Vista Pen and Input Devices service

loocas | miscellaneous,technical | Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

If you have a Wacom tablet, properly installed its drivers and expected it to work as advertised on your Vista system, you’re out of luck, buddy!

I totally hate Vista’s Pen and Input Devices service. It’s integrated and thus cannot be disabled or removed from the system. The issue I’ve always had was with the right-click and hold (especially useful in Total Commander) when using Tablet. The cursor froze until I moved the pen. I’ve always had this problem after reinstalling Vista and have always resolved it somehow.

But this one last time I’ve reinstalled Vista and included all the Service Packs (maybe that’s the reason?), I just couldn’t get rid of the annoying bug! So I searched the web for a solution until I found a hint in the Wacom documentation. All I needed to do was to install the latest Wacom drivers (at the time of writing this, the latest drivers for Intuos3 are pro611-3_int.exe) and, strangely enough, disable the Wacom HID Driver in Vista’s Computer Management.

Vista's Computer Management Dialog

That was it. After a reboot I was up and running with a properly functioning tablet and its buttons, including the pen buttons. All programs, so far, seem to work just fine, especially Photoshop CS4 (64bit), no problems here. So if you have similar problems, try this and see if it works for you or not. If not, just revert to the original state, no problems.


  1. Diky moc za tenhle tip. V maye mi tablet neustale lagoval a po teto zmene vse v poradku a chova se jako mys. Diky!

    Comment by Vojtisek — July 18, 2009 @ 19:04

  2. Thank you sooooo much!

    Comment by Anton — August 18, 2009 @ 04:49

  3. dikes fakt si mi helfnul ;)

    Comment by wave — January 5, 2010 @ 20:00

  4. Thank you, that really helped a lot. I have Aiptek 14000u tablet, and cursor stopped right after i pressed the surface while working in illustrator. It must have been some driver conflict. Now everything goes well, including pressure sensitivity.

    Comment by Dmitry — August 19, 2010 @ 17:57

  5. Thank you very much. It works for me on Windws 7 x64.

    Comment by alojzy — June 2, 2011 @ 12:02

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