and installed NOTHING on my IBM laptops.
I'd suggest a System Restore to get your other items back. Get the laptop running normally. Then plug in the wireless USB device (xmttr/rcvr) and let XP find it.
You should not need to install any drivers for a wireless mouse. I've used the Microsoft mouse, and even a cheapie GE model. And I have never had to install any software or drivers.
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I have an hp pavilion zx5040us notebook running XP. I have several items that plug in with usb connections (I have three usb ports on notebook) - scanner, printer, mouse, portable external hard drive, etc. I have never had any problem with anything until I purchased a wireless mouse from Microsoft (5000) and attempted to install it - used the auto install selection on the CD and it "uninstalled" certain items to install itself, however the mouse would not work (was not recognized). I went on to the microsoft site and tried to install any updated drivers and still noting worked. I then used microsoft HELP and emailed them in detail about the problem. Two days later I received back a useless response (generic form response) and so I uninstalled the microsoft mouse and took it back to store. I exchanged it for a logitech wireless mouse and could not get that to install either. Now, my scanner, external hard drive, printer and flash drive that were installed before microsoft mouse fiasco work fine BUT I cannot get any other "plug and play" to be recognized and my computer won't recognize my previous "plug and play wired mouse". It seems that since nothing else changed, that microsoft unstalled something with the "uninstall" but I don't know what. I also don't know how to fix. Any ideas would be appreciated. Thanks.