Lost Additional Mouse Options under Win 10 settings (mouse)

October 11, 2015 at 02:59:54
Specs: Windows 10, AMD A8 (quad-core) 2GHz / 4 GB (~3.5 usable)
– Lenovo notebook
– Windows 10

I used to disable the touch-pad when using a separate wired mouse by going Settings > Devices > Mouse & touch-pad, and at the bottom of those settings is a link to "Additional mouse options," bringing up a dedicated settings/tweaking application for that specific touch-pad, in this case a Lenovo device.

I would simply enable/disable as needed from this window, but all of a sudden clicking Additional mouse options gives me an error notification, with a whole slew of random letters, numbers and other characters in the window's title, and in the window reading "Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item."

For what it's worth, it's a personal computer, I'm the only user, and I have administrator privileges. Since permission seems to not be the case, might it be a driver error, or might the standalone touch-pad application have been removed? -- I've removed some bloatware that came factory-installed on here, but as far as I know, nothing related to any hardware.

I appreciate any suggestions, and thanks in advance for any consideration.

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October 11, 2015 at 03:27:55
"I appreciate any suggestions, and thanks in advance for any consideration"
Lets look at the malware side of things.

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October 11, 2015 at 14:59:46
Thank you very much Johnw for the speedy reply. I'm not sure what changed, but I tried accessing my additional mouse options a moment ago and it worked fine. Sorry to have wasted your time. Please know that you very likely would've been loads of help had this not been sorted out. Thanks again.

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October 11, 2015 at 15:04:16
" Sorry to have wasted your time"
No problem riverwestein, still wouldn't hurt to run those free programs, just to make sure.

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October 11, 2015 at 20:19:42
I would have recommended a restart of the machine and if that did not do it I would have recommended a reinstall of the touchpad driver for the machine from the mfg. Failing that I would have looked to malware as a possibility.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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