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The Windows and Wacom Tablet Nightmare is Over  

“It is an awful thing still to dread the magic that you contemptuously investigate”

-Rudyard Kipling, Kim

Many months of frustration with Windows 8 and years of pain with Windows 7 have concluded with a dramatic and pleasant turn of events.

Wacom released a few days ago a driver (Version 6.3.6-w3) which is the solution we've been waiting for. Windows 7 and Windows 8 are usable again if you own a Wacom tablet. I'll describe the results I've had have been excellent. [For further information about the driver go here]

After you install the driver launch the Wacom Tablet Properties application –  you can find it from the Start Menu/Start Screen or from the Control Panel.

Then selection your Tablet, then under Tool select your pen you use, and under Application select All. Then navigate to the Mapping tab. Now, At the bottom-left corner uncheck the checkbox marked Use Windows Ink. Close the Wacom Tablet Properties application.


You are done –  the effect takes place immediately.

Let me explain what is fixed.

  • No more Dynamic Feedback rings
  • No more Press-and-Hold
  • No Drag Delay

Install the Driver and Do it Now. Really.


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Reader Comments (27)

It seems the only driver recently released (the one you mentioned) is for the Intuos series. Bamboo drivers are still in the 5.3.2-1 version since January. Should we expect this solution to trickle down to us poor Bamboo users? Would this driver work for Bamboo? (my limited knowledge in computers says no, but it doesn't hurt to ask)

July 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterWishingStar

@WishingStar - in my experience with the drivers - I've had both a Bamboo and an Intuos connected to my computer - and it seems that the drivers are distinct: the driver for one does not affect the other. With that in mind I don't think the Intuos driver will work with a Bamboo tablet. I *do* expect the changes to eventually (I hope soon) be available in the Bamboo driver - although I don't know what timeframe Wacom has in mind.

July 11, 2013 | Registered Commentersaveenr

So BAD Bamboo tablet is not included in this version...

September 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBobb

if this isn't compatible with your tablet you can close wisptis.exe from the task manager processes tab. this will remove the ring and click delay and all that annoying stuff. Tablet will work like it did in xp.

tested on

windows 7 ultimate. Intuos5

should work with all others like bamboo but not tested

October 30, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterqwango

The Windows and Wacom Tablet Nightmare is Over :this is a great informatiom and real fine post without error it's real works thanks share this great information this is cool cool

November 9, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteronlinenewspoint

I think the update is in the latest version of the Bamboo drivers as well, but the Windows Ink button is hidden behind some menus.
You can find it under Bamboo Preferences -> click the Pen tab -> in the Tracking box, click Mapping.
At the bottom, there is the Windows Ink option.
All my options were disabled already, so I haven't been able to check if this works. But as the naming is the same, I assume it will work the same as well?

April 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMikal

Windows 7, driver version 5.3.3-3 by the way

April 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMikal

This is the only thing that has worked for me that isn't restarting my laptop or having to reinstall my driver, thank you so much!

April 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAvril

While this checkbox does solve the ripple effect problem inwindows 8.1, it introduced a new problem for me, as the mouse cursor approaches the right or top edges of the screen it pops on the other side, extremely frustrating.

Has anyone else encountered this problem? Maybe you know how to solve it?

May 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTomergb

Thank you!

June 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPhu

Disabling "windows ink" also disables my ability to use pen pressure in photoshop cc 2014!

August 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNikolai

thank you!!!

August 23, 2014 | Unregistered Commenteridit

Disabling windows ink also disables pen pressure in PS CC 2014 for me... THE NIGHTMARE HAS REBEGUN!

September 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSimon

the driver works in win 8.1 and n lightroom but it doesnt work in cc2014 and cc2014 doesnt work in win 8.1. the problems looks like it is with adobe 2014

September 16, 2014 | Unregistered Commentergarry

"Disabling windows ink also disables pen pressure in PS CC 2014 for me... THE NIGHTMARE HAS REBEGUN!" -Simon

This is exactly the problem I'm having right now. And I'm also using a older model Bamboo Tablet, so disabling Windows Ink does not work for me. :(

October 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDee

It's me again!
I may have found a temporary solution to the problem. Go to Windows Control panel, then "Pen and Touch". Click on the Pen Options Tab. Select "Press and Hold" then click on "Settings" (this will take you to "Press and Hold Settings"): Un-check "Enable press and hold for right clicking". Click OK, then apply these settings. This should get rid of that annoying pop up ring and menu window when using PS CC while still keeping pen pressure. I hope this will help! :)

October 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDee

I have issue with both bamboo 470 and wacom 480. Pen property window appears in unusable shape --very small options overlayed with each other.Please help

December 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMaria

Thank you! I can't believe this solution has been around for two years and I've lived with the spinning ring nightmare. You are a golden god for posting this.

February 9, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBrock

This was amazingly easy to do. My daughter is happy again!

March 7, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRon

Thank you. You saved me from nightmare!

March 31, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSeung Ok Jang

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