Slow mouse response in Windows 10

Dealing with a slow or sluggish mouse can be frustrating, especially when you’re trying to get some work done in a short amount of time. Below are the steps to fix slow mouse response in Windows 10.

Slow mouse response in Windows 10

Slow mouse response problem in Windows 10 can be caused by various reasons ranging from low batteries, broken mouse, wrong settings to software related issues.

Hopefully you should be able to improve the mouse speed on your computer by using the troubleshooting steps below.

1. Check the mouse and mouse pad

Start by examining and cleaning the underside of the mouse to ensure there is no debris/debris stuck in the laser aperture.

Also take a good look at the mouse pad and see if it needs to be replaced (worn out, dirty).

2. Replace batteries

The simplest reason for the mouse to become slow or stuck is a low battery. So replace the battery with a new one and see if that helps to fix the problem.

3. Disconnect USB devices

Sometimes other devices connected to the computer can interfere with the proper functioning of the mouse. This is especially true if you have a USB 3.0 device connected to your computer.

Users reported that the slow mouse response issue in Windows 10 was fixed by disconnecting the portable hard drive and USB flash drives connected to the computer.

4. Connect the mouse receiver to the USB 2.0 port

Make sure the mouse USB receiver is connected to the USB 2.0 port and not the USB 3.0 port. Users reported that mouse lag was fixed by connecting the wireless mouse receiver to the USB 2.0 port.

5. Change the USB port

Try connecting the mouse to a different USB port and see if it works better.

If you’re using a USB hub, try plugging the mouse directly into your computer’s USB port and see if that improves performance.

6. Update the mouse driver

1. Right click on the beginning click and click device manager.

2. On the Device Manager screen, expand Mice and other pointing devices Entry > right click on HID complaint mouse and select update drivers Possibility.

Update the mouse driver

3. On the next screen, click Automatic search for updated driver software option and allow Windows to automatically search and update the driver software.

7. Uncheck “Improve Inking & Typing”.

Users have reported an improvement in mouse responsiveness after disabling the Improve Inking and Typeing option.

1. Go to settings > privacy > Diagnosis & Feedback.

2. In the right pane, scroll down and toggle OFF Improve inking and typing recognition possibility

Disable inking and input recognition in Windows 10

8. Deactivate scrolling inactive

1. Go to settings> Devices > Mouse.

2. In the right pane, scroll down and uncheck Scroll inactive windows Possibility.

Disable the inactive scroll option in Windows

9. Disable fast startup

While Fast Startup is useful on HDD drives, it is also known to cause problems with external keyboard and mouse.

Disable fast startup on your computer by following the steps outlined in this guide: How to disable fast startup in Windows 10.

After you disable fast startup, start anew your computer and see if the mouse now works properly on your computer.

10. Prevent the computer from turning off the mouse

1. Right click on the Start button and click device manager.

2. On the Device Manager screen, expand Mice and other pointing devices Entry > right click on HID complaint mouse and select Characteristics.

Open the mouse driver properties

3. Switch to on the next screen power management Tab and disable Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power Possibility.

Prevent the computer from turning off the mouse

11. Check for updates

Your computer and mouse can become slow while preparing updates or waiting for updates to install.

1. Go to settings > Updates & Security.

2. On the Update & Security screen, click windows update in the side menu and click Check for updates Button.

Check for updates option in Windows 10

3. Let Windows check for available updates and install them on your computer

12. Is your mouse broken?

1. Connect another wireless/Bluetooth mouse to your computer.

If the new mouse works perfectly for you, this indicates a possible defect in your mouse.

2. Now connect the defective mouse to another computer (PC, Mac or Chromebook).

If the mouse still does not work properly, this confirms that the mouse is defective. If you recently bought the mouse, return it or exchange it as soon as possible.

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