For those of you who are using Windows 7 (and it seems plenty of you are…), I wanted to provide an update about our software development for mice and keyboards. In early August, we will release an update to our SetPoint software for mice and keyboards that is officially certified for Windows 7. It will support all versions of Windows 7 and will be available on our Web site.
Until then, you have a couple of options:
- You can use the built-in mouse and keyboard drivers in Windows 7
- You can use the most recent version of SetPoint (equivalent to beta-level support).
If you go with option one, you’ll get support for the three main mouse buttons, plus back and forward buttons if your mouse has them. For keyboards, you’ll have support for the F1 – F12 keys plus the Volume and Playback controls.
If you want to change the button or key assignments on your mouse or keyboard, or want full support for a mouse or keyboard with extra buttons (i.e. more than five buttons on a mouse or the extra function keys on a keyboard), you’ll need to use our SetPoint software.
We have two versions of SetPoint that work with Windows 7, depending on which mouse or keyboard you have. For all mice and keyboards except the Logitech G9 and G9x Gaming Mice, use SetPoint 4.72. For the Logitech G9 and G9x Gaming Mice, use SetPoint 5.1. Both versions are on our website and can be downloaded here.
When downloading SetPoint, you’ll have to select “Windows Vista” as your operating system if you plan to install SetPoint on a Windows 7 system. This is because Windows 7 uses the same driver architecture for mice and keyboards as Windows Vista. Thus, the current versions of SetPoint for Windows Vista are essentially beta versions of our upcoming drivers for Windows 7.
It’s impossible to test every computer and configuration out there, so it’s important for us to hear what isn’t working. We’d also like to hear what you think of Windows 7, especially the features you find most useful. We’re always on the search for new tricks!