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Mouse Pointer Lags in Windows 10 [SOLVED]

Fix Mouse Pointer Lags in Windows 10: If you have recently upgraded to Windows 10 then chances are you might be already facing this issue where mouse pointer lags. Although it appears to be a Windows 10 issue the problem occurs because of corrupt or incompatible drivers, conflicting graphic drivers, Cortana issues or simple incorrect mouse settings etc.

Fix Mouse Pointer Lags in Windows 10

The issue is that the mouse cursor lags behind or leaps when you try to move the mouse and it also freezes for few milliseconds before it moves. The issue occurs for both the laptop touchpad and an external USB mouse. So without wasting any time let’s see how to Fix Mouse Pointer Lags in Windows 10 with the help of the below-listed troubleshooting guide.

Mouse Pointer Lags in Windows 10 [SOLVED]

Make sure to create a restore point, just in case something goes wrong.

While the Mouse Pointer lags in Windows 10 you might want to navigate in Windows with the keyboard, so these are a few shortcuts keys which will make it easier to navigate:

1.Use Windows Key to access Start Menu.

2.Use Windows Key + X to open Command Prompt, Control Panel, Device Manager etc.

3.Use Arrow keys to browse around and select different options.

4.Use Tab to navigate different items in the application and Enter to select the particular app or open the desired program.

5.Use Alt + Tab to select between different open windows.

Also, try to use USB Mouse if your Mouse Pointer lags or freezes and see if it works. Use the USB Mouse until the issue is sorted and then you can again switch back to the trackpad.

Method 1: Reinstall Mouse Driver

1.Press Windows Key + R then type control and hit Enter.

control pannel

2.In device manager window, expand Mice and other pointing devices.

3.Right-click on your mouse device then select Uninstall.

right click on your Mouse device and select uninstall

4.If it asks for confirmation then select Yes.

5.Reboot your PC to save changes.

6.Windows will automatically install the default drivers for your Mouse.

Method 2: Enable or Disable Scroll Inactive Windows

1.Press Windows Key + I to open Settings then click on Devices.

click on System

2.From the left-hand menu click on Mouse.

3.Find “Scroll inactive windows when I hover over them” and then disable or enable it few times to see if this resolves the issue.

Turn ON the toggle for Scroll inactive windows when I hover over them

4.Reboot your PC to save changes and see if you’re able to Fix Mouse Pointer Lags in Windows 10 Issue.

Method 3: Update Mouse Drivers to Generic PS/2 mouse

1.Press Windows Key + X then select Device Manager.

2.Expand Mice and other pointing devices.

3.Select your Mouse device in my case it’s Dell Touchpad and press Enter to open its Properties window.

Select your Mouse device in my case it's Dell Touchpad and press Enter to open its Properties window

4.Switch to Driver tab and click on Update Driver.

Switch to Driver tab and click on Update Driver

5.Now select Browse my computer for driver software.

browse my computer for driver software

6.Next, select Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer.

let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer

7.Select PS/2 Compatible Mouse from the list and click Next.

Select PS 2 Compatible Mouse from the list and click Next

8.After the driver is installed restart your PC to save changes.

Method 4: Rollback Mouse Drivers

1.Press Windows Key + R then type devmgmt.msc and hit Enter to open Device Manager.

devmgmt.msc device manager

2.Press Tab to highlight your computer name inside Device Manager and then use arrow keys to highlight Mice and other pointing devices.

3.Next, press right arrow key to further expand Mice and other pointing devices.

Expand Mice and other pointing devices then open Mouse Properties

4.Again use down arrow key to select the device listed and hit Enter to open its Properties.

5.In Device Touchpad Properties window again press Tab key in order to highlight General tab.

6.Once the General tab is highlighted with dotted lines use the right arrow key to switch to driver tab.

Switch to Driver tab and then select Roll Back Driver

7.Click on Roll Back Driver then use the tab key to highlight the answers in “Why are you rolling back” and use the arrow key to select the proper answer.

Answer Why are you rolling back and click Yes

8.Then again use Tab key to select Yes button and then hit Enter.

9.This should roll back the drivers and once the process is complete reboot your PC. And see if you’re able to Fix Mouse Pointer Lags in Windows 10 Issue, if not then continue.

Method 5: End Task for Realtek Audio

1.Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.

Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager

2.Right-click on Realtekaudio.exe and select End Task.

3.See if you’re able to fix the issue, if not then disable Realtek HD Manager.

4.Switch to Startup tab and disable Realtek HD audio manager.

Switch to Startup tab and disable Realtek HD audio manager

5.Reboot your PC to save changes and see if you’re able to Fix Mouse Pointer Lags in Windows 10 Issue.

Method 6: Disable Fast Startup

1.Press Windows Key + R then type control and hit Enter to open Control Panel.

control pannel

2.Click on Hardware and Sound then click on Power Options.

power options in control panel

3.Then from the left window pane select “Choose what the power buttons do.

choose what the power buttons do usb not recognized fix

4.Now click on “Change settings that are currently unavailable.

change settings that are currently unavailable

5.Uncheck “Turn on fast startup” and click on Save changes.

Uncheck Turn on fast startup

Method 8: Perform Clean Boot

Sometimes 3rd party software can conflict with Mouse and therefore, you experience Mouse Pointer lag or freezing issue. In order to Fix Mouse Pointer Lags in Windows 10 issues, you need to perform a clean boot on your PC and diagnose the issue step by step.

Perform Clean boot in Windows. Selective startup in system configuration

Method 9: Update Graphics Card Drivers

1.Press Windows Key + R and in the dialog box type “dxdiag” and hit enter.

dxdiag command

2.After that search for the display tab (there will be two display tabs one for the integrated graphic card and another one will be of Nvidia’s) click on the display tab and find out your graphic card.

DiretX diagnostic tool

3.Now go to the Nvidia driver download website and enter the product details which we just find out.

4.Search your drivers after inputting the information, click Agree and download the drivers.

NVIDIA driver downloads

5.After successful download, install the driver and you have successfully updated your Nvidia drivers manually.

Method 10: Set Filter Activation Time slider to 0

1.Press Windows Key + I to open Settings then click Devices.

click on System

2.Select Mouse & Touchpad from the left-hand menu and click Additional mouse options.

select Mouse & touchpad then click Additional mouse options

3.Now click the ClickPad tab and then click Settings.

4.Click Advanced and set the Filter Activation Time slider to 0.

Click Advanced and set the Filter Activation Time slider to 0

5.Reboot your PC to save changes and see if you’re able to Fix Mouse Pointer Lags in Windows 10 Issue.

Method 11: Disable Cortana

1.Press Windows Key + R then type regedit and hit Enter.

Run command regedit

2.Now navigate to the following registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Search

3.If you don’t have a Windows Search folder under Windows then you need to create it manually.

4.To do this, right-click on Windows key then select New > Key. Name this key as Windows Search.

Right-click on Windows key then select New and Key

5.Right-click on Windows Search key then select New > DWORD (32-bit) value.

Right-click on Windows Search then select New and DWORD (32-bit) Value

6.Name this key as “AllowCortana” and double click on it to change it’s value to 0.

Name this key as AllowCortana and double click on it to change it's value to 0

7.Close Registry Editor and reboot your PC to save changes.

Note: If in future you need to enable Cortana, just update the value of the above key to 1.

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That’s it you have successfully Fix Mouse Pointer Lags in Windows 10 but if you still have any queries regarding this post then feel free to ask them in the comment’s section.

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Aditya Farrad

Aditya is a self-motivated information technology professional and has been a technology writer for the last 7 years. He covers Internet services, mobile, Windows, software, and How-to guides.

1 thought on “Mouse Pointer Lags in Windows 10 [SOLVED]”

  1. Sometimes the problem relies on the GPU settings. More specifically, in your refresh rate. If you set your refresh rate to 40 Hz or lower, then the mouse will appear as if it’s extremely laggy. But in reality, it’s the display that lags. You can change this setting from your GPU’s control panel.

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