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How to Fix Mouse Lag on Windows 10

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Lag, the delay between an action and the corresponding reaction/result, can be as annoying as your mother-in-law at thanksgiving. Maybe even more. According to some users, a recent Windows update is causing extreme mouse lags and freezes. As everyone already knows, a mouse is a primary device via which users interact with their personal computers. Of course, there are a number of key shortcuts and tricks to get around the computer using only the keyboard but some things such as gaming heavily depend on inputs from the mouse. Imagine moving the mouse and having to wait a couple of seconds before the cursor actually travels to the required position on the screen! How infuriating, right? Mouse lags can severely ruin one’s gaming experience, take a toll on their working speed, make one pull their hair out in frustration, etc. 

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There are a plethora of reasons why your mouse may be lagging. The most obvious being corrupt or outdated driver files which can easily be replaced with a fresh copy. Interference from mouse-related features such as inactive scrolling or misconfigured settings (palm check threshold and touchpad delay) can also cause lag. Some reports suggest that the Realtek Audio process and Cortana assistant may be the culprits and disabling them can get rid of the mouse lag. All the potential solutions to fix a laggy mouse are detailed below for you to follow.

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6 Ways to Fix Mouse Lag on Windows 10

We start our quest to a lag-free world by updating the mouse drivers to the latest version followed by ensuring the mouse is properly configured and unnecessary features are disabled. Hopefully, these tweaks will fix any lag but if they don’t, we can try disabling NVIDIA’s High Definition Audio process and Cortana assistant. 

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Before moving ahead, try simply plugging the mouse into another USB port (preferably a USB 2.0 port since not all mice are compatible with USB 3.0 ports) and removing any other connected devices as they (external hard drive) may interfere with the mouse. You can also connect the mouse to another computer altogether to ensure the device itself isn’t at fault. If you are using a wireless mouse, switch the old batteries for a new pair and check for any frays or tears in wired ones. 

Another thing you should check if you have a wireless mouse is its frequency/DPI value. Lower down the frequency from the associated application and check if that resolves the lag. If nothing is wrong with the hardware side of things, move on to the below software solutions.

How do I fix my mouse from lagging, freezing, and jumping on Windows 10?

You can use the below-listed methods to troubleshoot and fix Windows 10 Mouse Lag issues. Make sure to create a restore point before you continue.

Method 1: Update Mouse Drivers to fix Mouse Lag

Unless you have been living under a rock, you must be all too familiar with device driver files and their importance in computing. Check out What is a Device Driver? How Does It Work? to enlighten yourself on the topic. Using the built-in Device Manager to update drivers will very well do the trick but if you wish to use a specialized application for this purpose, go ahead and install Driver Booster.

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1. Press Windows key + R to open the Run command box then type devmgmt.msc and click on OK to open the Device Manager.

Type devmgmt.msc in the run command box (Windows key + R) and press enter

2. Expand Mice and other pointing devices then Right-click and select Properties from the ensuing options.

Expand Mice and other pointing devices then Right-click and select Properties

3. Switch to the Driver tab and click on the Roll Back Driver button if available. If not, then click on Uninstall Device option. Confirm your action by clicking on the Uninstall button again in the following pop-up.

uninstall the current mouse drivers altogether. Confirm your action by clicking on the Uninstall button

4. Now, Click on the Scan for the hardware changes button. 

Click on the Scan for the hardware changes button. | How to Fix Mouse Lag on Windows 10? 

5. To have Windows automatically install the latest mouse drivers, simply restart your computer or click on the Update Driver option.

click on the Update Driver option.

6. Select Search automatically for drivers.

Select Search automatically for drivers. Update Driver HID Complaint Mouse | How to Fix Mouse Lag on Windows 10? 

Once the drivers have been updated, check if your mouse continues to lag. 

Method 2: Disable Scroll Inactive Windows

On Windows 8, one could not scroll through an application window without first highlighting/selecting it. Fast forward to Windows 10, Microsoft introduced a new feature called ‘Scroll Inactive Windows’ which lets users scroll through an inactive application window by simply hovering the mouse pointer over it. For example – If you have a Word document and a Chrome webpage open for reference, you can simply hover the mouse over the Chrome window and scroll. Thus, the feature prevents the hassle of switching active Windows every few seconds.  However, the feature has been linked to multiple mouse issues, and disabling it can put a stop to all of them. 

1. Press the Windows key + I to launch Windows Settings then click on Devices.

Open the Settings application and select Devices

2. Move to the Mouse & Touchpad settings page (or only Mouse, depending on your Windows version) and toggle off the switch under Scroll inactive Windows when I hover over them.

toggle off the switch under Scroll inactive Windows when I hover over them. | How to Fix Mouse Lag on Windows 10? 

If disabling doesn’t fix the issue instantly, try enabling and disabling the feature a couple of times and check if it fixes the laggy mouse.

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Also Read: Fix Logitech Wireless Mouse Not Working

Method 3: Change Touchpad Delay and Palm Check Threshold

To avoid users from accidentally moving the pointer while they type, the touchpad is automatically disabled. The touchpad only gets re-enabled after the last keypress with a slight delay and this delay is known as Touchpad Delay (duh!). Setting the delay to a lower value or to zero altogether can help you negate any touchpad lags. (Note: The Touchpad delay feature is driver-specific and may bear a different name on your laptop.) 

1. Press the Windows key + I to launch Windows Settings then click on Devices.

2. Expand the drop-down list under the Touchpad section and select No delay (always on).

Note: If you are on the latest Windows build, simply set the Touchpad sensitivity to ‘Most sensitive’.

set the Touchpad sensitivity to ‘Most sensitive’.

Another similar feature to avoid accidental touchpad taps is Palm Check Threshold. Lowering the threshold value to the minimum can be helpful in getting rid of mouse lag. 

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1. Open Mouse Settings once again and click on Additional mouse options.

2. Switch to Touchpad (or Clickpad) tab and click on the Properties button. 

3. The palm check threshold option is most likely to be listed on the Advanced tab. Switch to it and drag the slider all the way to the left. 

Method 4: Terminate & Disable Realtek Audio 

A rather odd fix that seems to be working for multiple users is disabling the Realtek HD Audio Manager process. Interference from the Realtek process may be causing the lag and if that is indeed the case, simply terminating the process should resolve the issue.

1. Press the Ctrl+Shift+Esc keys simultaneously to launch the Windows Task Manager. If required, click on More Details to expand the application window.

Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager | How to Fix Mouse Lag on Windows 10? 

2. On the Processes tab, locate the Realtek HD Audio Manager process, select it and then click on the End Task button at the bottom right.

locate the Realtek HD Audio Manager process.

3. Now, check if the mouse continues to lag. If yes, open the Device Manager (Step 1 of Method 1) and expand Sound, video and game controllers

4. Right-click on Realtek High Definition Audio and select Disable device.

Right-click on Realtek High Definition Audio and select Disable device. | How to Fix Mouse Lag on Windows 10? 

Also Read: Mouse Lags or Freezes on Windows 10? 10 Effective ways to fix it!

Method 5: Disable Cortana Assistant 

Similar to the last one, yet another unrelated feature that may be interfering with your mouse is the Cortana Assistant. If you seldom use Cortana then disabling it can help you free up some system memory and help boost performance along with solving any mouse lags. 

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1. Open the Registry Editor by typing regedit in the Run command box and press enter.

Regedit

2. Head down the below path using the sidebar on the left or simply copy-paste the path in the address bar on the top:

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

Note: Some users may not find the Windows Search key under the Windows folder, simply right-click on Windows, select New followed by Key, and name the newly created key as Windows Search

3. If an AllowCortana value is already present on the right-panel, double-click to change its properties and set the Value data to 0. If the value isn’t present, right-click anywhere and select New > DWord (32-bit) Value, set the Value data to 0 to disable Cortana.

set the Value data to 0 to disable Cortana. | How to Fix Mouse Lag on Windows 10? 

4. Restart your computer and check if the lag has been resolved. 

Method 6: Change Power Management Settings

Another setting that is often overlooked is how aggressively your computer is trying to save power. Computers often disable USB ports in an attempt to save power which in turn results in a slight delay/lag when you move the mouse after a little while. Prohibiting the computer from disabling the USB port to which the mouse is connected can help with the lag. 

1. Open the Device Manager application by following step 1 of method 1.

Type devmgmt.msc in the run command box (Windows key + R) and press enter

2. Expand Universal Serial Bus controllers and double-click on the USB Device to open its Properties.

Expand Universal Serial Bus controllers in the Device Manager | How to Fix Mouse Lag on Windows 10? 

3. Switch to the Power Management tab and untick the box next to Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power.

Uncheck Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power

4. Click on OK to save and exit.

You can also try updating Windows if there is an update available (Windows Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update > Check for Updates).

On the Windows Update page, click on Check for Updates

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We hope this guide was helpful and you were able to fix the Mouse Lag problem on Windows 10. We hope that one of the above-explained solutions has smoothened out your mouse lag issues, comment down below to get assistance on any other mouse-related problems being encountered.

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