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Installing the Apple Magic Mouse on Windows 7

Posted in Apple, windows by commorancy on October 25, 2011

Ok, so here’s a topic that you would think would be easy to do. Yet, thanks to Apple, it isn’t and, in fact, took me about 20 minutes to do something that should have taken me 2. Here’s one part of Apple that I hope changes with the new regime stepping in.  As much as I admired Steve Jobs, his ideas about an Apple-centric universe were a bit over-the-top. It really makes no sense to create peripherals and tie them to only a tiny fraction of the overall computer market, especially when they’ve already written drivers for the other half of the market! Here’s hoping for some change.

Installing the Magic Mouse

This part is easy.  Just turn on the mouse and add a new bluetooth device. Then, select the device and follow the wizard to complete the pairing. It’s not hard at all. The trouble is, it loads a 2006 generic Microsoft mouse driver. This driver doesn’t support any of the touch gestures.  Anyway, once you’ve gotten it paired and working, you’ll quickly notice something is missing.  Namely, vertical scrolling. Hmm, it makes this mouse less than ideal.  So, how do you get scrolling working? Note, if you need specific instructions on setting up a bluetooth device, leave a comment below and I’ll post step-by-step instructions.

Boot Camp

To get the full (or at least as full as you’re going to get with Windows) gestures working (like vertical scrolling) with the Magic Mouse, you need to install Apple’s drivers from Boot Camp. Oh, don’t bother running over to Apple.com and looking for them, you’ll only find a bunch of updates that don’t contain the driver. Instead, you need to locate a copy of the Snow Leopard (or perhaps even a Lion) DVD. Once inserted into Windows, the Boot Camp partition should pop up. This is exactly what you need.

From here (assuming your DVD mounts on M:), go to M:\Boot Camp\Drivers\Apple\x64 or M:\Boot Camp\Drivers\Apple (for 32 bit). In this folder you will find a file called AppleWirelessMouse64.exe / AppleWirelessMouse.exe. Run this file. It will install drivers. When complete, the gestures will be enabled. However, you may have to go to Control Panel->Mouse and readjust the speed and acceleration as it gets reset after the installation.

Simple, easy, fast.. assuming you have a Snow Leopard install disk. Note, I’ve heard the drivers may not persist past a reboot. If you find this is the case, let me know and I will see if I can find a way to make that happen. :)

Update: If you’re using High Sierra and looking for Bootcamp drivers (2018 latest MacOS, visit this article to learn more about Bootcamp drivers).

Mouse won’t connect?

This is a problem I’ve found with the Magic Mouse even on a Mac. However, this has a simple fix (even if not obvious). Click the mouse several times to wake the mouse up to ask it to reconnect to Windows (or Mac) after turning the mouse on.


Note, I’ve found the drivers on the net located here. If you find that this link no longer works, please let me know in the comments below and I’ll see if I can find another location.

Good Luck

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  1. Mike Bullock said, on November 6, 2012 at 3:10 am

    Thanks, what a pain trying to find these!! You rock


  2. Shirley Code said, on November 5, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    Not being able to use the scroll on Windows has been mentioned a couple of times on different websites. I can scroll with mac wireless mouse, on windows, just the same as when I’m using the mac os. I’m sorry that I have no explanation for it working because I would only be too happy to pass it on.


  3. Duran The Coach said, on October 29, 2012 at 7:39 am

    i download the driver, and istaled irt and still doesn’t workin my mouse


    • commorancy said, on October 29, 2012 at 7:56 am

      Hi Duran,

      Can you provide me some details about your system? Specifically, are you running Windows on Apple hardware or some other PC hardware (i.e., Dell, Toshiba, etc). Also, what bluetooth hardware are you using? Built-in, dongle, etc? I’ll need more information about your hardware to understand what may be wrong.



  4. JT said, on October 26, 2012 at 12:52 am



  5. andrewk73 said, on October 25, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    Very Clear and easy to follow instructions. Worked first time, and thanks for the link.


  6. Tagari said, on October 24, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    Worked perfect! Thx!


  7. Despina said, on October 22, 2012 at 9:07 am

    You are a star! Thanks for the drivers and solving this problem. I wonder when will these companies will realise they have to make our life easier to buy more of their products?


  8. Moe said, on October 3, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    working like a charm for me too , Thank you very much :)


  9. Lorenzo said, on September 24, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    I have an iMac “27 i7 bought last year. (what generation would that be? I can’t keep up!)

    anyways I have windows 7 installed. Downloaded the drivers u shared, and the mouse does work except for the scrolling part.

    Do you have any idea how to fix this in windows 7?

    thnx in advance!


    • commorancy said, on October 6, 2012 at 10:13 am


      Make sure you are loading the correct bit size driver (64 or 32 bit). If you load the incorrect sized driver, Scrolling won’t work. If you still find that it is not working after installing the correct driver for your operating system, you may need to check your bluetooth hardware and/or drivers which may also be preventing it from working. In other words, you may need to buy a different bluetooth dongle to drive the mouse.


  10. M T said, on September 19, 2012 at 11:12 am

    Thanks alot for this post, mouse work perfect


  11. Skip Duemeland said, on September 9, 2012 at 11:58 am

    Existing Setup: Retna dispaly Mac Book Pro, Boot camp in 64 bit Windows partion, Windows 7

    Yes the driver downloads from the web, but when you enter 0000 on pariing code, The screen pops up wanting to connect to the booth device, but when you click on blue tooth device wanting to pair, it completely stops the operation.


    • commorancy said, on September 9, 2012 at 10:25 pm

      Hi Skip,

      First, I haven’t tried pairing devices using a Windows booted under a MBP. So, the first thing I’d recommend is making sure all of the Windows drivers are correctly loaded. The reason I suggest this is that Windows Updates has a tendency to suggest ‘newer’ drivers than the one you first install. These drivers are not always correct for the hardware. They may work, but they may not work well and may not support everything. So, make sure you are using Apple supplied drivers for your Windows installation and that you have not overwritten those drivers with any updated drivers from Microsoft. As a side note, I always recommend never installing drivers from the Windows Updates service. Always go directly to the PC manufacturer to get updated drivers. Microsoft’s driver detection algorithm is seriously flawed and most often makes fatal mistakes on what it recommends.

      With Windows 7, though, you should be able to roll the driver back fairly easily through the driver properties panel from device manager. So, that’s what I’d recommend first is to roll back any updated drivers. Second, I’d recommend turning off bluetooth and turn it back on on the MBP. then turn the mouse off and on. I’d also recommend that you make sure your batteries are fresh.

      Third, make sure that you have no other BT devices turned on, microwave ovens running, cell phones in operation or WiFi hotspots within 20 feet when you try to pair. Other (and many) wireless devices and microwave ovens will interfere with the BT signal and may prevent it from connecting in a stable way and could prevent pairing.

      Note, the driver is only to enable gestures, it doesn’t enable pairing. You should be able to get the mouse paired without the gesture driver. If you are having trouble getting the device paired, this is likely a bluetooth driver issue that’s outside of the gesture driver. Windows will pair the Magic Mouse fine even without the gesture driver installed. Installation of this driver is intended only to enable gestures. However, that said, installation of the gesture driver may replace the full mouse driver, but it should not prevent the mouse from pairing. Also note that with using a bootcamp Mac, this driver may already be installed as part of it being launched by bootcamp. So, reinstalling the driver from here may be the driver that’s already installed under your bootcamp booted Mac Book Pro.


    • commorancy said, on September 9, 2012 at 10:32 pm

      One additional note, since this is a Retina MBP, that means this is a very new system. It’s possible that that Apple updated the bluetooth hardware on the Retina MBP and the drivers aren’t yet fully supported when Bootcamped into Windows. If this is the case, you will have to wait until Apple produces an updated driver for Windows that fully supports the Retina MBP hardware.

      Or, alternatively, the hardware might be having issues. You could always visit the Genius bar and show them the problem. Since this is Windows running on a MBP, Apple should support this configuration and any issues you may be having.


  12. DOI said, on August 18, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    Thanks for the driver ^^


  13. […] Now as gestures working on Windows, you have to do some tinkering. If you have a Magic Trackpad and you want to use some of its gestures on Windows, click here. If you have a Magic Mouse and want some gestures, then click here. […]


  14. Xavura said, on July 16, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    Thank you.


  15. JimS said, on July 5, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    Thanks for this post… the drivers worked fine for me on a Dell Latitude E6410 running Windows 7 Enterprise, 64 bit. After I installed the 64 bit drivers, the mouse stopped working. I had to remove the existing mouse driver, then re-pair the mouse, which installed the updated drivers. Now scrolling works! :)


  16. Javo said, on June 26, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    Thanks a lot, it worked smoothly, just installed the drivers and the scroll began to work, thanks a lot for the driver!!


  17. Joao Fer said, on June 21, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    I have a toshiba, I don’t know if it is a default problem from my original bluetooth, or if I haven’t made something wright, I wasted days trying and it didn’t worked yet.


    • commorancy said, on June 22, 2012 at 3:26 am

      If you can supply a little more detail on what you’re seeing and where it’s not working specifically, I might be able to help you troubleshoot this issue. For example, are you having difficulties getting the Magic Mouse to pair with your bluetooth? Or, are you unable to get the software installed?



      • Joao Fer said, on June 22, 2012 at 10:39 am

        The mouse works, but the scroll and the pad of the mouse doesn’t, even after installing the drivers.


        • Joao Fer said, on June 22, 2012 at 10:45 am

          The mouse just appear on the devices after being, not by adding a new device on the control panel, but by adding directly throught the bluetooth.


          • Joao Fer said, on June 22, 2012 at 11:13 am

            it works now. i changed the toshiba bluetooth driver for the microsoft bluetooth driver.


            • commorancy said, on June 22, 2012 at 4:06 pm

              I didn’t realize that the bluetooth driver would make a difference in having the Magic Mouse work correctly, but it’s good to know this. Thanks for testing and determining this information. I’m glad you were able to get it working. Thanks.


  18. Stefano Oliva said, on June 16, 2012 at 10:22 am

    Worked! Thank you!


  19. atdux said, on November 16, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    works like charm


  20. Tim Tennell (@timtennell) said, on October 25, 2011 at 8:10 am

    Can you post a DL of the drivers for those who don’t have a disk handy?


    • commorancy said, on October 25, 2011 at 10:06 am

      Hi Tim,

      As with most Apple products like this, it’s probably not legal for me to post the driver from the disk here. Although, let me look around and see if I can find the driver out there somewhere. If I can find them, I will post a lnk to it in the article.



    • commorancy said, on October 27, 2011 at 6:23 am

      Hi Tim,

      In case you hadn’t noticed, a link to the drivers has been added.


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