The Magic Mouse is SEX IN THE FORM OF A MOUSE! A client just gave me one as a present. Best client, EVER! 😀
— Jim Myhrberg (@jimeh) March 1, 2010
Back in October 2009, Apple released the Magic Mouse, the first pointing device with a multi-touch surface. Like with the iPod or the iPhone, you interact with the device using gestures. And of course like with any other mouse, you can click it: The mouse itself is the button!
I bought the Magic Mouse from the London Apple Store during a quick trip there and because my previous mouse was a Logitech MX518, when I first started using the Magic Mouse I got a little bit disappointed by the lack of precision when trying to do some very detailed work. Getting it to work with Windows 7 is not that difficult, all you have to do is follow the simple steps of this how-to.
Getting the drivers
A while ago Apple introduced the option to install Windows on its Intel-based Macs. To install Windows, one had to get Apple’s Bootcamp software, which then lets you run a compatible version of Windows. Of course Boot Camp also includes device drivers for Windows, so what we are going to do is extract them, and use them to correctly install the Magic Mouse on our Windows PC.
Depending on your Windows installation architecture, download one of the Bootcamp versions below:
I used to host the extracted Magic Mouse drivers on a blazing fast VPS.NET cloud server, but unfortunately Apple asked me to take down the files.
Setting up your Magic Mouse
- After you installed 7zip and downloaded Bootcamp, just copy it to an empty folder.
- Right click on it -> 7zip ->
Extract Here. From the extracted files, right click on
BootCampUpdate32.msp(32 bit) or
BootCampUpdate64.msp(64 bit) and again, extract the files using 7zip, only this time choose
Extract to "BootCampUpdate".
- Double click on the newly created folder, you will see a bunch of files and two folders inside.
- Double click on the
BootCamp31ToBootCamp303folder and scroll down to the end where you will see some Binary.* files.
- Yes you’re right, those are the driver files from Apple and the file names are pretty self-explanatory So just right click on the
Binary.MultiTouchMouse_Binfile, and extract the files using 7zip by clicking on the
Extract to "Binary"option (you might want to change the folder name to something like
MagicMouseDrivers, and keep a copy so you don’t have to do this process again if you ever format your hard drive).
- Now go into the folder and double click the DPInst.exe executable.
Note: If you use a non-English version of Windows and get an error that your language is not supported, open the DPInst.xml file with a text editor and add the following text in line 5. Then save the file, and run DPInst.exe again:
- The driver installation wizard will start, just accept the License Agreement, click Next, let the drivers install, and if everything goes fine you should end up with this screen.
- Turn your Magic Mouse on, click Start, type
Add a Bluetooth deviceon the search box, and Press Enter. A screen like this should appear.
- Click on the Apple Magic Mouse icon, and press Next. Wait for the wizard to complete and press Close. In a few moments a device driver installation will start in the tray and a bit later you will see this.
- You’re ready to go! Enjoy your new mouse
I assume that you already have installed your bluetooth controller and it’s drivers (if not, do so now) and now the only thing left to do is pair the Magic Mouse with the PC.
I hope this tutorial helped you on how to properly install your Magic Mouse on Windows and that you didn’t run into any issues during the device installation process. Thanks for reading and hey! why not contact me through twitter @georgetasioulis