How to fix Mouse lag on Windows 10

How to fix Mouse lag on Windows 10

/ Shayne Sherman

A large percentage of users utilize a mouse when using a computer. It can be much easier to use than a trackpad, especially if you have been using a mouse for a long time. If you have ever experienced a lagging mouse then you know how annoying a problem it can be.

There are different mouse related issues that can occur on Windows 10 some of it are in the list below:

  • Mouse Freeze in Windows 10
  • Mouse Stutter
  • Windows 10 mouse lag in games
  • Mouse input lag
  • Wireless mouse lag

To help you resolve this issue, here are some guides on how to fix it.

Method 1: TouchPad delay settings

Step 1:

Press on Window key and select settings.

Settings Icon

Step 2:

Select on Devices.


Step 3:

Click on Mouse & touchpad from the side menu

Mouse and Touchpad

Step 4:

Find the touch pad section and set delay before clicks to No delay (always on)

Method 2: Use Third-Party System Repair Tool (RESTORO)

Restoro is a program that analyzes your computer and automatically repairs issues on your PC that may cause the mouse to lag.

Follow the steps below on how to download and use Restoro on your computer.

NOTE: These steps will require you to temporarily deactivate your anti-virus to prevent it from interfering with Restoro.

Step 1:

Download and Install Restoro for free


Step 2:

Accept the license terms agreement by checking the “I Accept the EULA and Privacy Policy” to continue.

Step 3:

After installing Restoro, it will automatically scan your computer for the first time.

restoro scan

Step 4:

You can view the details of the scan by expanding the “Details” tab.

Step 5:

To fix the issues found, expand the “Recommendation” tab and choose between “Clean” and “Ignore

Step 6:

Click on “Clean Now” at the bottom part of the program to begin fixing the issue.

Most of the time Restoro will fix the problem on mouse lags on Windows 10, but if the issue is still present proceed to the next method.

Method 3: Disable Cortana

This solution is for users who have computers that are three to four years old. Cortana uses a lot of system resource and can cause your computer to run slow which makes the mouse pointer lag.

To disable Cortana follow the steps below:

Step 1:

Click on Cortana on your taskbar


Step 2:

Click on the Settings Icon


Step 3:

Turn off Use Cortana even when my device is locked

Turn on Cortana

Step 4:

Scroll down and turn off History View and My Device History

turn off History View and My Device History

Now that Cortana is disabled, Reboot your device and see if the mouse lag is resolved. If the mouse lag is still present proceed to the next method.

Method 4: Check the battery of your Wireless Mouse

If you are using wireless mouse, most of the time it uses batteries. Faulty batteries can cause mouse lags because it cannot supply enough power to your mouse.

To replace the battery of your wireless mouse, Check your User’s Manual for the step by step guide.

Make sure that you use the proper batteries specified by the manufacturer to avoid issues.

Method 5: Reinstall or Update Mouse Drivers

Hardware relies on drivers for it to function correctly, If your mouse drivers are outdated or installed improperly it can cause problems like mouse lags.

To reinstall and update your mouse drivers see the steps below:

Step 1:

Press on Windows key + S and search for “Device Manager

Device Manager

Step 2:

Open Device Manager

Step 3:

Find Mice and Other Pointing Devices on the menu

Step 4:

Select your mouse and right click on it. A pop up menu will appear and select uninstall

Uninstall Mice and Other Pointing Devices

Step 5:

After uninstalling the driver, reboot your computer and Windows will automatically install the driver

If reinstalling and updating the driver did not resolve the mouse lag, proceed to the next method.

Method 6: Disable Scroll Inactive Windows

Step 1:

Press on Windows key + S and search for “Mouse”


Step 2:

Turn off Scroll Inactive Windows when I hover over them

Turn off Scroll Inactive Windows

Step 3:

Restart your computer and see if the Mouse lag is fixed.

If the guides above did not fix your problem, it could be due to a faulty mouse or touchpad. Try using another mouse and see if the issue is fixed.

If you are using a laptop go to the nearest service center and have your touch pad checked.

The last thing, check the minimum specs required to run Windows 10 and see if your computer meets it. Windows 10 requires more computing power compared to Windows 7 and 8.

Downgrading your operating system to a version that your computer meets the specifications can resolve this issue.

Shayne Sherman
Meet the author

Shayne is an expert at all things Microsoft Windows and computer security. As a Windows user of over 30 years, he has been featured on Business Insider, Yahoo, Tech Republic, Hacker Noon, Techopedia, and many other publications. He also enjoys spending time with his family, including his English bulldog, Fergie as well as entertaining at his home theater.