How to fix mouse lags in Windows 10 (and make it fast again)

Mouse lag is a major hindrance that will affect your user experience and it appears that some Windows 10 users are having this issue, so let’s see if there’s a way to fix it.

How to Fix Mouse Lags in Windows 10

There are many mouse related issues that can occur on Windows 10, and we covered the following problems in this article:

  • Windows 10 mouse lag in games – According to users, this issue can often appear in games. This can be a big problem since your game performance might be reduced.
  • Windows 10 mouse stutter – This is another problem that users reported. According to them, their mouse frequently stutters which makes it harder to perform everyday tasks.
  • Mouse freeze Windows 10 – Another common problem that can appear with your mouse. Many users reported that their mouse keeps freezing on their PC. This can be a big problem, but you should be able to fix it with one of our solutions.
  • Wireless mouse lag Windows 10 – This issue can affect both wired and wireless mice, but according to users, this issue appears more frequently while using a wireless mouse.
  • Mouse input, pointer lag Windows 10 – Another issue that can appear is mouse input or pointer lag. This is a common problem, but you should be able to solve it easily with one of our solutions.
  • Mouse not moving – Several users reported that their mouse isn’t moving at all. This issue is usually caused by a corrupted driver or your mouse configuration.

According to users this issue is present after switching to Windows 10, and the issue persists when using Windows 10 and also while using any other software. Mouse lag is also a major issue when it comes to gaming and it seriously affects your user experience and performance, but don’t worry, there are few solutions that you can try out.


Solution 1 – Enable / Disable Scroll Inactive Windows

  1. Navigate to Settings > Devices > Mouse & Touchpad.
  2. Now locate the Scroll Inactive Windows option and disable / enable it.
    Windows 10 mouse lag in games
  3. Try disabling and enabling this option a few times and check if the issue is resolved.

Solution 2 – Change Palm Check Threshold

  1. Go to Mouse & Touchpad settings like we showed you in the Solution 1.
  2. Click Additional Mouse Options.
  3. Next choose TouchPad Tab.
  4. Click on Settings and go to Advanced Tab.
  5. Locate the Palm Check Threshold and move it all the way to the left.

Solution 3 – Set the touchpad to No Delay

To do this navigate to Mouse & Touchpad settings like we explained in the previous steps. Now find the Touchpad section and set the delay before clicks to No delay (always on).
Windows 10 mouse stutter


Solution 4 – Turn off Cortana

This seems a like an unusual solution, but many users report that after turning off Cortana the issues with mouse lag disappear as well. To turn off Cortana do the following:

  1. Open Cortana and go to Settings in top left corner.
  2. In Settings find the Cortana can give you suggestions, ideas, reminders, alerts and more option and set it to off.

Solution 5 – Disable NVIDIA High Definition Audio

Some users claim that NVIDIA High Definition Audio and other audio drivers can sometimes cause these issue. If you’re using NVIDIA card you can try the following steps:

  1. Uninstall the GeForce Experience app.
  2. After that go to Device Manager and locate NVIDIA High Definition Audio.
  3. Right click it and choose Disable.
    Mouse freeze Windows 10

Same thing might work for other audio drivers, such as Realtek, so try disabling them as well. If disabling audio drivers doesn’t help, you might want to uninstall them.

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If you’re using Realtek audio, you should know that this issue can be caused by Realtek Audio Manager. According to users, this application starts automatically with Windows and causes this problem to appear.

To fix the issue, you need to open Task Manager and disable Realtek Audio Manager in Startup tab. After doing that, the issue should be resolved. You can also fix the problem simply by going to the C:Program FilesRealtekAudioHDA directory and renaming FMAPP.exe. After you rename the file, Realtek Audio Manager won’t start automatically with your PC, and the problem will be resolved.


Solution 6 – Change your mouse frequency

Sometimes mouse lag problems can be related to its frequency. This issue usually affects wireless mice, and if your mouse is lagging, you might be able to solve the problem by adjusting its frequency.

To do that, open your mouse configuration software and change its frequency from 500 to 250Hz. After doing that, your mouse will start working normally.


Solution 7 – Disable Fast Startup

To fix this problem, many users are recommending to disable Fast Startup feature. This is a useful feature, but users reported that it can cause certain issues with your PC such as mouse lag. To fix the problem, you need to do the following:

  1. Press Windows Key + S and enter control panel. Choose Control Panel from the list.
    Wireless mouse lag Windows 10
  2. When Control Panel opens, select Power Options.
    Mouse input, pointer lag Windows 10
  3. Now click on Choose what the power button does.
    Mouse not moving
  4. Click on Change settings that are currently unavailable.
    Windows 10 mouse lag in games
  5. Uncheck Turn on fast startup (recommended) and click on Save changes.
    Windows 10 mouse stutter

After disabling Fast Startup, the issue should be resolved and your mouse will start working again.


Solution 8 – Change your Clickpad settings

To fix mouse lag issues on your PC you just have to change your Clickpad settings. This is relatively simple and you can do it by following these steps:

  1. Navigate to Mouse section in Control Panel.
  2. Go to Clickpad settings. Navigate to Advanced > Smart Sense and set Filter to 0.

After making these changes, the problem with mouse lag should be resolved. Keep in mind that this isn’t a universal solution, and if you can’t find the Clickpad settings section this solution doesn’t apply to you.


Solution 9 – Install the official mouse driver

Several users reported that they fixed mouse lag issues simply by installing the official driver for their mouse. In most cases Windows 10 will automatically install the default mouse driver, and while that driver usually works, sometimes certain issues can occur.

If you’re using a branded mouse, check the manufacturer’s website and download the latest drivers for your mouse.


Solution 10 – Roll back your drivers

If you’re experiencing mouse lag, you might be able to fix the problem simply by rolling back your drivers. Users reported problems with both mouse and Realtek Audio drivers, and after rolling them back, the issue was resolved. To roll back your drivers, you need to do the following:

  1. Open Win + X menu by pressing Windows Key + X. Now select Device Manager from the list.
    Mouse freeze Windows 10
  2. When Device Manager opens, locate your mouse or Realtek audio driver and double click it.
    Wireless mouse lag Windows 10
  3. Go to Driver tab and click on Roll Back Driver button if available. If Roll Back Driver button is grayed out, this solution doesn’t apply to you.
    Mouse input, pointer lag Windows 10

After rolling back the problematic drivers check if the issue still appears. It’s worth mentioning that Windows might try to automatically update your drivers. If that happens, the issue will reappear. To see how to stop that, be sure to check our article on how to prevent Windows from automatically updating specific drivers.


Solution 11 – Connect your mouse receiver to USB 2.0 port

Users reported mouse lag while using a wireless mouse, and to fix the problem you just need to connect the receiver to the USB 2.0 port. After doing that, the issue was resolved and mouse lag disappeared completely.


Solution 12 – Disconnect other USB devices

Sometimes other USB devices can interfere with your mouse and cause mouse lag to appear. This issue is predominant if you’re using a USB hub to connect multiple USB devices. According to users, after disconnecting their portable hard drive from USB port, the issue was resolved. Keep in mind that other USB devices can also cause this problem to appear.


Solution 13 – Use USB extender

If you’re experiencing mouse lag while using a wireless mouse, that might be due to interference. Other devices can cause interference and in order to fix the issue users are suggesting to use a USB extender.

Simply connect your receiver to the extender and move it away from your PC and other devices that can cause interference. After doing that, problems with mouse lag should disappear. Many users reported that this solution worked for them, so be sure to try it out.


Solution 14 – Change Power management options

According to users, mouse lag can sometimes occur due to your Power management settings. However, you should be able to fix the problem by doing the following:

  1. Go to Device Manager and double click USB Hub device to open its properties.
    Mouse not moving
  2. When Properties window opens, go to Power Management tab and uncheck Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power. Click OK to save changes.
    Windows 10 mouse lag in games

Keep in mind that you need to repeat these steps for all USB Hub devices on your PC. After making the necessary changes, the issues with your mouse will be resolved.


As you can see mouse lag can be a big problem on Windows 10, but we hope that some of these solutions were helpful to you.


Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in November 2015 and has been since completely revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.


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