Is your mouse not working after hibernation?

Mouse not working after hibernation

Hibernation was made for laptops and not desktops and therefore it doesn’t work flawlessly and many people disable hibernation. On Windows 7 it is disabled by default. Anyway, if you want to enable hibernation and need a fix, here’s the solution that will make your mouse work after hibernation. Inside: Grab our .reg file to enable “DisableSelectiveSuspend” and fix it!

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1. Temporary Solution: Unplug Mouse

The simple solution is to unplug your mouse and then plug it into again. Windows will then automatically recognize your mouse and it will work again. That’s only a temporary solution. To permanently fix the problem you will have to change some system settings.

2. Don’t allow Windows 7 to turn off devices!

Windows 7 is “green” and will automatically “suspend” devices to save power. When you go into hibernation mode your PC will shut down, but when it boots up again it can happen that your mouse will stop working because it remains turned off. Windows still wants to save power!

To fix it, you will have to tell your PC that Windows 7 may not turn off your mouse device, respectively your USB hub, which provides the power.

1. Step Open op the device manager.
Control Panel Windows 7: Device Manager

2. Step Uncollapse “Universal Serial Bus controllers” (USB Controller)

3. Step For every USB Root Hub and Generic USB Hub, right-click on it and click on “Properties”.

  • Go to the tab “Power Management
  • Uncheck the option “Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power

USB Root Hub: Allow Computer to turn off device

If your mouse still doesn’t work after hibernation, please continue with step 3.

3. Registry tweak: Enable “DisableSelectiveSuspend” in Windows 7

Removing a USB device over and over again might suspend your USB port. Apparently, hibernation is doing the same and you have to disable SelectiveSuspend in order to make your mouse work after hibernation.

If you not familiar with the registry, you can download this registry file, that will automatically add the registry keys for you:

Link: Registry tweak DisableSelectiveSuspend (.reg file)

You will find this inside the .reg file:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00


If you prefer to do it manually do this:

1. Step Open up the registry.


2. Step Uncollapse [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\USB]

3. Step Right-click the folder “services” and create a new key, “USB”:

Registry services: New Key

4. Step Next, we create a new 32-bit registry key: “DisableSelectiveSuspend”:

Create 32-bit DWORD registry key

5. Step Change the value of the key to “1” to enable this option, because we want to disable SelectiveSuspend.

DisableSelectiveSuspend Windows 7

By the way, even if you are on 64-bit system you have to create a 32-bit registry key only, because it only reflects the size of the registry key. A 32-bit registry key can store a maximum value of 2,147,483,647.