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In this post, we unearthed 7 fixes for the Wacom Tablet Driver Not Found error- scroll down to get started!
Have you ever seen the error message “Tablet Driver Not Found” when you try to pull out data from your Wacom tablet?
It’s actually a pretty common problem that a lot of users experience if they have a graphics tablet. It may be a pretty annoying problem, but it’s something that’s actually not that hard to fix.
In this article, we’re going to cover all of the possible fixes you can try.
What is the Tablet Driver Not Found Error?
When you see the error message “Tablet Driver Not Found”, the first thing you’d want to know is its cause.
When you see this message, it means the driver is responsible for the tablet not working. The device driver cannot seem to connect the software to the hardware because the right drivers can’t be detected.
The cause is either a corrupted driver or simply missing drivers. These fixes will be able to address the problem:
How to Fix Tablet Driver Issues
To fix the issue, we have prepared the following quick and easy-to-follow fixes you can try.
1st Fix: Check the Hardware
Of course, the first thing that you’ll want to do is check if the tablet is properly attached to the port. While this may seem so simple and self-explanatory, a lot of people miss out this very simple issue. Just before you try anything else, just perform these steps as recommended by Appuals:
- Properly plug in the wire to the port.
- Try another port if the original one doesn’t work.
- Try plugging it into another computer and see if it works.
- Try another USB cord.
If any of those can’t fix the problem, then it is most definitely a software problem. That said, we can get started on the next few software fixes.
2nd Fix: Restart Wacom Services
The simplest fix to addressing tablet not working issues is to restart the Wacom services. By doing this, you’ll be restarting the entire program and refreshing all of its data. This usually works for the very simple driver problems. Appuals suggests you follow these steps:
- Press both the Windows key and R to open to the Run window.
- Type services.msc and press Enter.
- Scroll through the list of services and look for TabletServiceWacom.
- Right click on it and click Restart.
- Exit the Services window and check if everything is fixed.
- If it worked, make a batch file so you don’t need to do this manually.
- Open a text document and enter the following text:
NET STOP WTabletServicePro
timeout /t 5 / nobreak > NUL
NET START WTabletServicePro
timeout /t 2 / nobreak > NUL
- Save the file under .bat format. Example: WacomTablet.bat.
- Check to see if everything is working perfectly.
3rd Fix: Update the Driver
Another cause would be missing or corrupted drivers. DriverEasy recommends that you follow these steps to fix the issue:
- Go to the Wacom website and look for the driver that is compatible with your device and computer.
- Manually install the right driver to your device.
- DriverEasy also recommends that you download the DriverEasy to scan for missing drivers and automatically install them.
4th Fix: Uninstall the Wacom Tablet Program
If that still doesn’t work, then here is another fix that can work as per recommendation from Appuals:
- Hold the Windows key and R then type devmgmt.msc. Press the Enter key.
- Go through the services and look for the category Human Interface Devices.
- Click on it and look for the Wacom Tablet option.
- Right click on it and click on Uninstall Device.
- Exit the Services window and check to see if it worked.
5th Fix: Same as the Above Fix but with a Different Method
Appuals offers another recommendation on uninstalling and reinstalling the software. Here are the steps to do that:
- Run appwiz.cpl in the Run window.
- Look for Wacom and click uninstall.
- Exit the window and restart your computer.
- Check if the fix worked.
6th Fix: Roll Back Your Drivers
Aside from these fixes, PC Risk blog also offers some advice on how to roll back the drivers. This would usually work so it pays to try it out:
- Go to Control Panel and click Device Manager.
- Look for Wacom in the Device Manager.
- Look for Human Interface Devices and right click on Wacom Tablet.
- Click on Properties.
- Go to the Driver tab and click the Roll Back Driver option.
- Check if the device works.
Video Guide: How to Roll Back a Driver Update in Windows [Tutorial]
7th Fix: Enter a Command in the Command Prompt
The last fix is to use CMD. However, you may want to use this as a last resort because it’s a bit complicated. Before you try this method, try all of the other above methods first. If they don’t work, then try this:
- Press both the Windows button and S.
- Wait for the CMD icon to show up in the search box.
- Right click the CMD icon and click on Run as Administrator. Wait for the CMD window to pop out.
- Input the following code:
mklink /j “D:\Program Files\Tablet” or “C:\Program Files\Tablet”
- Check to see if the problem has been fixed already.
How to Set Up and Use a Wacom Tablet
The PHLEARN YouTube channel did a pretty comprehensive viedo review of the tablet, saying “Today we show you how to set up a Wacom pen tablet to edit faster and more efficiently in Photoshop. Not an ad, just tips from this tablet-user’s personal workflow!”
To understand better about what problems users had with tablet driver not found, we took a look through several tech forum threads (this one and this one).
In general, people were interested in tablet driver not found Wacom Intuos, tablet driver not found Windows 7, tablet driver not found error. They also wanted to know how to fix tablet driver not found in Windows 10.
A person shared that he had a Wacom drawing tablet and that he was constantly getting the message “tablet driver not found” while working. He mentioned that the tablet was functioning normally with the exception that he couldn’t change the settings. The user added that restarting worked but his device was slow to restart, and he was looking for a permanent solution to the problem.
Another forum poster said that he dealt with the tablet driver not found error by restarting Wacom. He added that you could find it under “Services.” However, he added that you should close the drawing program before restarting it. After the restart, it should be back to normal.
An individual mentioned that he wasn’t happy that he had to constantly to restart Wacom Professional Service to fix the tablet driver issue. He said that nothing he found online helped him and that he was at his wits ends. The user added that he thought the Microsoft community would be useful, but they weren’t.
A forum poster reported that one of the ways to fix the driver not found was to change the startup type of the tablet. You could do that by going to “Services” and then switching from “Automatic” to “Manual.” Then you restart the tablet, and everything should be working smoothly. However, he pointed out that you’d have to start Wacom manually every time you turn on the computer.
Another computer owner notes that you can end the Wacom process from the Task Manager. After that, he usually unplugs the tablet and plugs it back in, and the problem is solved. The user says that he is happy that he found that way to deal with the issue without restarting the computer.
A person mentioned that he experienced the same problem for a couple of weeks, and finally, he decided to try something different. He downloaded the WacomTablet_6.3.15-2 and after that everything was back the way it was. A forum member shared that he had been using a Wacom Tablet Intuos 4 for a couple of years and that he had never had problems with it while he was running Windows 7 and Windows 8.
- However, after he switched to Windows 10 and had some major updates installed, the tablet was not working properly.
- When he clicked on Wacom properties, it said that the driver wasn’t found.
- The user tried a lot of solutions suggested on the Web, however, nothing worked, and he had to roll the system back to a previous point.
Another individual said that he also had problems with Wacom Tablet Intuos and Windows 10. All his drivers were up-to-date, but the tablet wasn’t functioning normally.
- It had no pressure sensitivity, and the tablet was not lighting up.
- He checked the Device Manager, and it recognized the tablet, however, the drivers were not found.
- The user tried uninstalling and reinstalling the drivers in addition to disabling the firewall and starting the Windows troubleshooter.
A forum poster explained that the driver not found issue might be the result of a driver that hadn’t been properly installed. He said that the easiest way to resolve the problem would be to run the Windows Update Troubleshooter or contact the driver’s manufacturer.
Another computer owner observed that his tablet worked fine while he was running Windows 7 and that all his troubles began when he switched to Windows 10.
- The user had tried several solutions, including updating the driver, uninstalling old drivers, allowing Wacom through the firewall and restarting the driver service.
- A fellow forum member suggested that he download Microsoft easy fix solution and see if that would do the trick.
A person said that he noticed that his pen pressure wasn’t functioning even though the pen was tracking normally.
- That’s how he started to get an error saying that the driver wasn’t found.
- He had to uninstall the drivers, restart, reinstall them, and then restart again for the tablet to start working.
- However, he was tired of doing this routine every time his tablet showed the error “Tablet driver not found.”
Basically, those are some of the fixes that will be able to address the problem. What we recommend you is to try these fixes in chronological order. Start with the hardware and see if everything is plugged in properly. If everything is fine, go on to the next fixes. Try them one by one and see which one works. Try the last fix as the last resort if none of the previously mentioned fixes cut it.
If nothing works, then there is most likely a problem already with your device that can’t be fixed by conventional means.
In such a case, you may already need to bring your device back to the store where you bought it and have them take a look at it. Once they examine the device, their technical support will be able to determine why your device is acting that way. From there, they can give their inputs and solutions to fix the issue.
However, most of the problems are caused by simple issues and can usually be fixed by applying some of the recommended fixes stated above. Just try all of them and see which one works for you.
Ryan is a computer enthusiast who has a knack for fixing difficult and technical software problems. Whether you’re having issues with Windows, Safari, Chrome or even an HP printer, Ryan helps out by figuring out easy solutions to common error codes.