Windows 10 is still the most used and most popular operating system for desktop computers. However, it also has a few problems that can be solved with simple steps. One such problem is mouse lag in Windows 10 which causes the mouse cursor to move slower than desired or stop responding. This article will show you how to fix this issue so you can focus on work. Also, we’ll discuss the reasons and possible ways to prevent the mouse lag on windows 10.
Reasons for Mouse Lag Issues
Mouse lag is a problem that can occur when your computer is unable to keep up with the mouse’s movements. This can be caused by a variety of factors, including:
1. Connection Problems
One of the most common causes of mouse lag is connection problems. If your computer cannot connect to the mouse, it will be unable to track its movements, which can lead to lag. If you’re experiencing mouse lag, make sure your computer is connected correctly to the mouse and that there are no issues with the connection.
2. Depleted Batteries
Another common cause of mouse lag is depleted batteries. If the batteries in your mouse are low, it may not be able to keep up with the cursor’s movements. Ensure your batteries are fresh and inserted correctly in the mouse to avoid this issue.
3. Outdated Or Problematic Drivers
If you’re experiencing mouse lag, it may be caused by outdated or inappropriate drivers. Outdated drivers can cause several problems, including lag and system crashes. Make sure your drivers are up-to-date and functioning correctly to avoid this issue.
How To Fix Mouse Lag Issues?
Some ways to fix mouse pointer and lag issues include:
Way 1: Disable and Enable Scroll Inactive Windows
- Step 1: Go to Start, type “mouse” in the search box, you will see the ‘Change mouse settings’ option comes to the first place. Click on it.
- Step 2: You will get a new window with “Pointer Options”, go there and enable scrolling inactive windows.
Way 2: Reinstall or Update the Mouse Driver
You need some technical skills for this way because it may break your computer if something goes wrong during these steps.
- Open Device Manager from Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Devices and Printers or right-click on My Computer icon from Desktop then select Manage.
- In the Device Manager window, expand the category “Mouse and other pointing devices”. Here you can see both of your mice near the name of the USB input device, right-click one of them then select Uninstall.
- Now restart your computer, check if it works fine with USB mouse or not. If not, go to Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Devices and Printers then choose Action > Scan for hardware changes.
- This will install a new driver for your mouse again. If still, it doesn’t work correctly, try to roll back your old driver or update it instead of reinstalling the new one.
Way 3: Roll Back the Mouse Driver
If way 2 didn’t work out for you and the problem still persists, roll back your mouse driver.
- First of all, go to Device Manager by opening “Control Panel” and choosing “Device Manager”. Now open “Mice and other pointing devices”.
- Right-click your mouse and choose “Properties”.
- In the new window, go to the tab named “Driver” and select “Roll Back Driver” in case you see two drivers installed.
- In some cases, there is only one driver there so you just need to update it with a newer version from the manufacturer’s website.
Way 4: Disconnect other USB Devices Connected to Your PC
Sometimes when plugging in a lot of different devices into your computer, for example, a hard drive and a flash drive, the mouse may stop working properly even if they are all plugged in through separate USB hub devices.
If you have more than one device connected to your PC through a single port or hub it can create conflicts within your system. A USB controller is not working properly, so it has to be changed. To change the USB port or controller, go to BIOS during boot-up.
Way 5: Turn Off The Feature Of Fast Startup
A feature that enables fast startup can sometimes cause an issue with your mouse scrolling down in Windows 10. To turn off the fast startup option open “Control Panel” and click on the Update and Security icon. Choose the “Recovery” tab present there and click on “Restart Now”.
After restarting select Troubleshoot > Advanced Options >Startup Settings. Turn off the feature of fast startup and restart the system with all startup settings disabled.
Way 6: Change the Power Management Settings
A mouse can stop working properly if Windows 10 has a problem with the power management feature. To fix this issue go to Device Manager and expand “Mice and other pointing devices. Right-click your mouse for the second time and select “Change settings”.
Way 7: Disable The Realtek Driver
If you have a laptop with a Realtek card, don’t use it. If your mouse is lagging when you plug in an external USB mouse before windows starts to load then this might be the issue. You can simply disable the Realtek driver from the device manager and restart it.
Way 8: Change The Palm Check Threshold
In order to change this follow steps:
- Type “mouse” into start menu search box
- Click on “change your mouse settings
- Select “pointer options”, or just go straight for it by going to Control Panel\Hardware and Sound\Mouse
- Select tab “confirm drag-and-drop gestures”, scroll down a bit until you see “PalmCheck” and change the minimum value.
Way 9: Change Your Mouse Frequency
In order to do that follow steps:
- Type “mouse” into the start menu search box
- Click on “change your mouse settings
- Select “pointer options”, or just go straight for it by going to Control Panel\Hardware\Mouse
- Select tab “pointer Options”, in motion section change from 500 to 125.
It will reduce a bit of a delay when you move your cursor, but also check the hardware acceleration setting in the control panel with your touchpad device plugged in. If it has an option called Full Pixels then try it.
Windows 10 is a great operating system, but like all software, it’s not perfect. One common issue that users have been reporting is mouse lag.
This can make using your computer very frustrating, as the cursor will move slowly and may even stop responding altogether. We’ve explained a few workarounds if the problem persists.
We hope you found this article helpful in fixing your issue of mouse lagging. If you have any other questions, please feel free to reach out and we will help as best as possible!
Maryam has been teaching IT as a school teacher for over a decade, and her main subject of choice is Internet safety, especially helping parents keep their families safe and secure online. When Maryam is not teaching or writing she is a big fan of the outdoors, the complete opposite of staring at a computer screen for hours.