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7 Best Fixes for Windows 11 Mouse Not Working After Sleep

by Pankil Shah
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It can be frustrating if your mouse stops working every time you wake your Windows 11 PC from sleep. After all, not all of us are familiar with keyboard shortcuts or have a touchscreen display to operate Windows 11. While the reason behind the issue could vary from user to user, thankfully, troubleshooting the issue isn’t that difficult. So, let’s check them out.

1. Remove All Non-essential Peripheral Devices

At times, other external USB devices connected to your PC can interfere with your mouse and lead to such issues. So, your first course of action is to disconnect all the USB peripherals (such as printers, scanners, webcams, etc.) and check if that resolves the issue.

2. Allow Mouse to Wake the Computer

If your mouse doesn’t have permission to wake your PC, it will stop working right after Windows goes to sleep mode. Additionally, if you’ve configured Windows to turn off your mouse to save power, then such issues may arise. Here’s how you can fix that. 

1. Press Windows + X or right-click on the Start button on the Taskbar and select Device Manager from the list. 

Open Device Manager on Windows 11

2. Double-click on Mice and other pointing devices to expand it.

Expand Mice and Other Pointing Devices

3. Right-click on the mouse that’s not working and select Properties.

Open Mouse Properties

4. Switch to the Power Management tab and uncheck Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power. Mark the box that reads Allow this device to wake the computer.

Allow Mouse to Wake Windows From Sleep

5. Click on OK to save changes.

Check to see if the issue is resolved now. 

3. Update or Reinstall Mouse Drivers

It’s not uncommon for drivers on your PC to get outdated over time. If that’s the case, you can try updating them to see if that improves the situation. 

1. Open Device Manager again. Expand Mice and other pointing devices.

2. Right-click on the problematic device and select Update driver.

Update Mouse Drivers on Windows 11

From there, follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process. 

If the issue remains, then it could be the case of mouse drivers being corrupted. In that case, you can follow the same steps above and uninstall the drivers.

Uninstall Mouse Drivers on Windows 11

Once removed, restart your PC to allow Windows to install them again.

4. Run Hardware & Devices Troubleshooter

By running the hardware troubleshooter, you can allow Windows to detect and resolve any hardware-related issues that might have been keeping the mouse from working after sleep. Read on to learn how.

1. Press Windows + R to launch the Run dialog box. In the Open field, type the following command, and press Enter

msdt.exe -id DeviceDiagnostic
Open Harware and Devices Troubleshooter on Windows 11

2. In the Hardware and Devices window, click on Next.

Run Hardware and Devices Troubleshooter

3. If the automatic repair pops up, click on Apply this fix.

Next, follow the on-screen prompts to complete the troubleshooting process.

5. Disable USB Selective Suspend

USB selective suspend is a nifty feature on Windows that tends to suspend your inactive devices in order to reduce power consumption. As a result, your mouse and other USB accessories may stop working after prolonged inactivity. To avoid this, you should disable USB selective suspend on your PC. 

1. Press Windows + S to open the Search menu. Type Edit power plan in the search box and click on the first result that appears.

Edit Power Plan on Windows 11

2. Click on Change advanced power settings.

Change Advanced Power Settings on Windows

3. Double-click on USB settings to expand it.

Configure USB Settings on Windows

4. Expand the USB selective suspend setting menu and click on Enabled.

Configure USB Power Settings on Windows

5. Use the drop-down menu to select Disabled. Then, click on Apply followed by OK.

Disable USB Selective Suspend on Windows

Note: If you’re using a Windows laptop or tablet, you’ll have to disable the USB selective suspend setting for both On battery and Plugged in mode. 

6. Reset Power Options

If disabling USB selective suspend doesn’t help, then it could be one of the other power settings that may have resulted in the mouse not working after the sleep issue. Rather than going through each of those settings, you should consider resetting the existing power options by following the steps below.

1. Press the Windows key on your keyboard, type in cmd, and select Run as administrator.

Open Command Prompt with Admin Rights

2. In the console, paste the following command and press Enter.

powercfg –restoredefaultschemes
Reset Power Scheme on Windows 11

After executing the command, exit the command prompt window. Now check to see if the issue is resolved now. 

7. Uninstall Recent Windows Update

Software updates can also go wrong at times. If your issues with the mouse only started occurring after a recent Windows update, you can try removing that particular update to fix the issue. Read on to learn how.

1. Press Windows key + I to launch the Settings app. Switch to the Windows Update tab on your left and go to Update history.

Update History on Windows 11

2. Click Uninstall updates.

Uninstall Windows Updates

3. Locate the most recent update and click Uninstall

Uninstall Windows Update

Wake Up Call

One of the above solutions should work out for you while fixing the mouse not working after the sleep issue on Windows 11. If not, the issue could be with the mouse you’re using and you may have to buy a new one.

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