Windows 10 Mouse Lag? Here’s How to Fix It

Many users have reported the Windows 10 mouse lag. It happens suddenly; the cursor ceases to move right out of nowhere. Frantically moving the mouse around doesn’t seem to help. These problems can be arduous where there are no other alternatives.

As such, two questions arise:

  1. Why is this happening?
  2. How to fix Windows 10 mouse lag?

Why Is This Happening? 

There may be various reasons ranging from malware, connectivity issues, corrupt /outdated drivers, low battery to hardware and USB port defects, etc.

How To Fix Windows 10 Mouse Lag

There are innumerable ones, you need to see which one helps. One thing you have to keep in mind that most may require using the keypad.

Low/Discharged Battery

The problem of windows 10 mouse lag may arise due to a low or discharged battery.

  • Simply charging the device helps in this case.
  • Mechanical Damage or Malfunctions: Check for any external, physical damages to the touchpad or mouse cable.
  • A loose or faulty USB port can also be a source for the issue.
  • Connect the mouse to the other USB port or use a different mouse for the device to check and ensure the cause.

Enable Touchpad 

  • In the case of laptops, the issue of windows 10 mouse lag may arise due to disabled touchpads.
  • Go to Control Panel -> Mouse
open mouse option in control panel
Open Mouse Option In Control Panel
  • From the Mouse Properties, click on Pointer Options
enable touchpad
Enable touchpad
  • Uncheck the box adjacent to the Hide pointer while typing. For example, click on Apply and then, OK
  • Finally, close all windows and reboot the system.
restart pc
Restart PC
  • However, touchpad settings may have different names for different manufacturers. These may include Device settings, Synaptics, ELAN, etc.  

See also: How To Solve Problem With Wireless Adapter Or Access Point? [Guide]


  • Troubleshooting may solve the problem of windows 10 mouse lag.
  • Open Control Panel and then Find and fix problems under System and Security.
  • A Troubleshooting Window will appear. Click on Hardware and Sound
  • In the Device category, click on Next for Hardware and Devices. It will initiate a scan.
  • Once completed, click on Apply this fix
  • Finally, close all windows and reboot the system.
restart your system
Restart Your System

Let’s focus on the next step now

Enhance Pointer Precision

  • Go to Control Panel -> Mouse
select mouse in control panel
Select Mouse In Control Panel
  • From Mouse Properties, click on Pointer Options
  • Disable Enhance pointer precision feature. 
enhance pointer precision
Enhance Pointer Precision
  • Click on Apply and then, OK.

Mouse Driver 

Reinstalling the mouse driver may fix the issue of windows 10 mouse lag.

  • Press Windows + X to open the dropdown.
  • Select Device Manager, locate the mouse option and click on it. 
mouse driver
Mouse Driver
  • Click on Uninstall from the confirmation window to disable your mouse.
uninstall mouse in device driver
Uninstall Mouse In Device Driver
  • To re-enable the mouse, Click on Action -> Scan for hardware changes by navigating using keyboard keys. 
  • If it is not opening using the keyboard, restart the device and repeat the process. This time, the mouse will be detected, and you should use it without any prompt of windows 10 mouse lag.

HP Control Zone

  • Go to Control Panel -> Mouse
select mouse in control panel
Select Mouse In Control Panel
  • Go to the HP Control Zone tab to disable the HP Control Zone.
  • Click on Apply and then, OK.


  • External applications often cause windows 10 mouse lag, adaware (a solid anti-spying software) being one of them.
uninstall adaware
Uninstall adaware
  • Uninstalling AdAware fixes the issue in certain cases, as reported by various users.
  • For continued use of the software, ensure that it is updated to the latest version.

Check : Antimalware Service Executable High CPU Usage | 4 Simple Fixes

Device Enabled

  • Go to Control Panel -> Mouse
select mouse in control panel
Select Mouse In Control Panel
  • From Mouse Properties, click on Hardware
  • Ensure that the device is enabled.

Previous Driver

If the influence of new drivers causes the windows 10 mouse lag, there is a need to roll back to the previous driver.

  • Open Device Manager, locate the problem-causing device and open its properties by double-clicking on it.
open device manager
Open Device Manager
  • Go on the Driver tab and click on the Roll Back Driver option.
roll back driver
Roll Back Driver
  • Click on OK.
  • Sometimes, updating the new driver also works.

Additional Mouse Drivers

  • If the presence of additional mouse drivers causes the windows 10 mouse lag, they need to be disabled.
  • Open Device Manager -> Mice and other pointing devices tab.
search for mice and other pointing devices
Search For Mice And Other Pointing Devices
  • If there are multiple options under this, the unused ones need to be disabled. To do so, right-click on the device and choose Disable device.
  • Select Yes on the confirmation window.

Realtek HD Audio Manager

Realtek HD Audio Manager can be a source of windows 10 mouse lag. If so, the need to stop it from starting automatically from the device arises.

  • Open the Task Manager by pressing Ctrl + Shift + Esc.
open task manager
Open Task Manager
  • Go to the Startup tab.
  • Locate Realtek HD Audio Manager, right-click on it and select Disable option.


See Also: No Audio Output Device is Installed | 4 Top Fixes [2021]

Reboot The Device

  • If Realtek HD Audio Manager cannot be found, fix the C: Program -> FilesRealtekAudioHDA and renaming FMAPP.exe.
realtek fix
Realtek Fix
  • Unfortunately, this won’t allow it to start automatically with the device.

USB Suspend Mode

  • Most mice use the USB port to connect. Hence, the USB Suspend Mode can cause the issue
  • Open Control Panel -> Power Options. 
power option in control panel
Power Option In Control Panel
  • Select Change plan settings based on the power plan you’re using- Balance or Power Saver
  • Select Change advanced power settings and open the dropdown under USB settings.
change advanced power settings
Change Advanced Power Settings
  • Expand USB selective suspend settings.
  • Set the On Battery and Plugged into Disabled.
  • Click on Apply.



These were our tips to fix the Windows 10 mouse lagging problem. We really hope this article has helped you wit it. Thank you!

See also: Two Finger Scroll Not Working | 5 Unique Fixes


Recommended For You

About the Author: McKenzie Smith

Hello, I am McKenzie and I am totally obsessed with getting the best experience out of every device that I use. Hence, I started this blog to help others make the most of their devices and fix errors in a jiffy! :)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *