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The Win32_PointingDevice class represents an input device used to point to and select regions on the display of a Win32 computer system. Any device used to manipulate a pointer, or point to the display on a Win32 computer system is a member of this class.

Example: A mouse, touch pad, or stylus/tablet.

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In this WMI class, all WMI properties are read-only. You can only read values but not change them.


Data type UInt16

The availability and status of the device. For example, the Availability property indicates that the device is running and has full power (value=3), or is in a warning (4), test (5), degraded (10) or power save state (values 13-15 and 17). Regarding the power saving states, these are defined as follows: Value 13 (“Power Save – Unknown”) indicates that the device is known to be in a power save mode, but its exact status in this mode is unknown; 14 (“Power Save – Low Power Mode”) indicates that the device is in a power save state but still functioning, and may exhibit degraded performance; 15 (“Power Save – Standby”) describes that the device is not functioning but could be brought to full power ‘quickly’; and value 17 (“Power Save – Warning”) indicates that the device is in a warning state, though also in a power save mode.

$Availability_ReturnValue = 
    3='Running/Full Power'
    5='In Test'
    6='Not Applicable'
    7='Power Off'
    8='Off Line'
    9='Off Duty'
   11='Not Installed'
   12='Install Error'
   13='Power Save - Unknown'
   14='Power Save - Low Power Mode'
   15='Power Save - Standby'
   16='Power Cycle'
   17='Power Save - Warning'
   19='Not Ready'
   20='Not Configured'


Data type String

The Caption property is a short textual description (one-line string) of the object.


Data type UInt32

Indicates the Win32 Configuration Manager error code. The following values may be returned:

0 This device is working properly.

1 This device is not configured correctly.

2 Windows cannot load the driver for this device.

3 The driver for this device might be corrupted, or your system may be running low on memory or other resources.

4 This device is not working properly. One of its drivers or your registry might be corrupted.

5 The driver for this device needs a resource that Windows cannot manage.

6 The boot configuration for this device conflicts with other devices.

7 Cannot filter.

8 The driver loader for the device is missing.

9 This device is not working properly because the controlling firmware is reporting the resources for the device incorrectly.

10 This device cannot start.

11 This device failed.

12 This device cannot find enough free resources that it can use.

13 Windows cannot verify this device’s resources.

14 This device cannot work properly until you restart your computer.

15 This device is not working properly because there is probably a re-enumeration problem.

16 Windows cannot identify all the resources this device uses.

17 This device is asking for an unknown resource type.

18 Reinstall the drivers for this device.

19 Your registry might be corrupted.

20 Failure using the VxD loader.

21 System failure: Try changing the driver for this device. If that does not work, see your hardware documentation. Windows is removing this device.

22 This device is disabled.

23 System failure: Try changing the driver for this device. If that doesn’t work, see your hardware documentation.

24 This device is not present, is not working properly, or does not have all its drivers installed.

25 Windows is still setting up this device.

26 Windows is still setting up this device.

27 This device does not have valid log configuration.

28 The drivers for this device are not installed.

29 This device is disabled because the firmware of the device did not give it the required resources.

30 This device is using an Interrupt Request (IRQ) resource that another device is using.

31 This device is not working properly because Windows cannot load the drivers required for this device.

$ConfigManagerErrorCode_ReturnValue = 
    0='This device is working properly.'
    1='This device is not configured correctly.'
    2='Windows cannot load the driver for this device.'
    3='The driver for this device might be corrupted    4= or your system may be running low on memory or other resources.'

    5='This device is not working properly. One of its drivers or your registry might be corrupted.'
    6='The driver for this device needs a resource that Windows cannot manage.'
    7='The boot configuration for this device conflicts with other devices.'
    8='Cannot filter.'
    9='The driver loader for the device is missing.'
   10='This device is not working properly because the controlling firmware is reporting the resources for the device incorrectly.'
   11='This device cannot start.'
   12='This device failed.'
   13='This device cannot find enough free resources that it can use.'
   14='Windows cannot verify this device's resources.'    15='This device cannot work properly until you restart your computer.'    16='This device is not working properly because there is probably a re-enumeration problem.'    17='Windows cannot identify all the resources this device uses.'    18='This device is asking for an unknown resource type.'    19='Reinstall the drivers for this device.'    20='Failure using the VxD loader.'    21='Your registry might be corrupted.'    22='System failure: Try changing the driver for this device. If that does not work
   23= see your hardware documentation. Windows is removing this device.'    24='This device is disabled.'    25='System failure: Try changing the driver for this device. If that doesn't work    26= see your hardware documentation.'
   27='This device is not present   28= is not working properly
   29= or does not have all its drivers installed.'

   30='Windows is still setting up this device.'
   31='Windows is still setting up this device.'


Data type Boolean

Indicates whether the device is using a user-defined configuration.


Data type String

CreationClassName indicates the name of the class or the subclass used in the creation of an instance. When used with the other key properties of this class, this property allows all instances of this class and its subclasses to be uniquely identified.


Data type String

The Description property provides a textual description of the object.


Data type String

The DeviceID property contains a string uniquely identifying the pointing device with other devices on the system.


Data type UInt16

The DeviceInterface property indicates the type of interface used for the pointing device.

$DeviceInterface_ReturnValue = 
    7='Bus mouse'
    8='ADB (Apple Desktop Bus)'
  160='Bus mouse DB-9'
  161='Bus mouse micro-DIN'


Data type UInt32

The DoubleSpeedThreshold property contains one of two acceleration values. The sensitivity of the pointing device doubles (toggles from the first to the second value) when the pointing device moves a distance greater than this threshold value.


Data type Boolean

ErrorCleared is a boolean property indicating that the error reported in LastErrorCode property is now cleared.


Data type String

ErrorDescription is a free-form string supplying more information about the error recorded in LastErrorCode property, and information on any corrective actions that may be taken.


Data type UInt16

Integer indicating whether the pointing device is configured for right (value=2) or left handed operation (value=3). Also, the values, “Unknown” (0) and “Not Applicable” (1), can be defined.


Data type String

The HardwareType property indicates the type of hardware type used for the Win32 pointing device.



Data type String

The InfFileName property indicates the name of the .inf file for the Win32 pointing device.

Example: ab.inf


Data type String

The InfSection property indicates the section of the .inf file that holds configuration information for the Win32 pointing device.


Data type DateTime

The InstallDate property is datetime value indicating when the object was installed. A lack of a value does not indicate that the object is not installed.


Data type Boolean

An indication of whether the device is locked, preventing user input or output.


Data type UInt32

LastErrorCode captures the last error code reported by the logical device.


Data type String

The Manufacturer property specifies the name of the processor’s manufacturer.

Example: GenuineSilicon


Data type String

The Name property defines the label by which the object is known. When subclassed, the Name property can be overridden to be a Key property.


Data type UInt8

The NumberOfButtons property indicates the number of buttons on the pointing device.

Example: 2


Data type String

Indicates the Win32 Plug and Play device ID of the logical device. Example: *PNP030b


Data type UInt16

The type of the pointing device.

$PointingType_ReturnValue = 
    4='Track Ball'
    5='Track Point'
    6='Glide Point'
    7='Touch Pad'
    8='Touch Screen'
    9='Mouse - Optical Sensor'


Data type UInt16

Indicates the specific power-related capabilities of the logical device. The array values, 0=”Unknown”, 1=”Not Supported” and 2=”Disabled” are self-explanatory. The value, 3=”Enabled” indicates that the power management features are currently enabled but the exact feature set is unknown or the information is unavailable. “Power Saving Modes Entered Automatically” (4) describes that a device can change its power state based on usage or other criteria. “Power State Settable” (5) indicates that the SetPowerState method is supported. “Power Cycling Supported” (6) indicates that the SetPowerState method can be invoked with the PowerState input variable set to 5 (“Power Cycle”). “Timed Power On Supported” (7) indicates that the SetPowerState method can be invoked with the PowerState input variable set to 5 (“Power Cycle”) and the Time parameter set to a specific date and time, or interval, for power-on.


Data type Boolean

Boolean indicating that the Device can be power managed – ie, put into a power save state. This boolean does not indicate that power management features are currently enabled, or if enabled, what features are supported. Refer to the PowerManagementCapabilities array for this information. If this boolean is $false, the integer value 1, for the string, “Not Supported”, should be the only entry in the PowerManagementCapabilities array.


Data type UInt16

$PowerState_ReturnValue = 


Data type UInt32

The QuadSpeedThreshold property contains the one of two acceleration threshold values. The system doubles the speed of the pointer movement when the pointer device moves a distance greater than this value. Since this speed increase occurs after the DoubleSpeedThreshold has been met, pointer effectively moves at four times it original speed


Data type UInt32

The Resolution property indicates the tracking resolution.

Example: 0


Data type UInt32

The SampleRate property indicates the rate at which the pointing device is polled for input information.


Data type String

The Status property is a string indicating the current status of the object. Various operational and non-operational statuses can be defined. Operational statuses are “OK”, “Degraded” and “Pred Fail”. “Pred Fail” indicates that an element may be functioning properly but predicting a failure in the near future. An example is a SMART-enabled hard drive. Non-operational statuses can also be specified. These are “Error”, “Starting”, “Stopping” and “Service”. The latter, “Service”, could apply during mirror-resilvering of a disk, reload of a user permissions list, or other administrative work. Not all such work is on-line, yet the managed element is neither “OK” nor in one of the other states.

'OK','Error','Degraded','Unknown','Pred Fail','Starting','Stopping','Service','Stressed','NonRecover','No Contact','Lost Comm'


Data type UInt16

StatusInfo is a string indicating whether the logical device is in an enabled (value = 3), disabled (value = 4) or some other (1) or unknown (2) state. If this property does not apply to the logical device, the value, 5 (“Not Applicable”), should be used.

$StatusInfo_ReturnValue = 
    5='Not Applicable'


Data type UInt32

The Synch property specifies the length of time after which the next interrupt is assumed to indicate the start of a new device packet (partial packets are discarded). In the event that an interrupt is lost, this allows the pointing device driver to synchronize its internalrepresentation of the packet state with the hardware state.


Data type String

The scoping System’s CreationClassName.


Data type String

The scoping System’s Name.


Data type DateTime



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Content last updated: 2013-12-27 12:16:21 (UTC).