4 Easy Fixes for Keyboard Lag in Windows 10
Getting so frustrated that you have to type and then wait awfully long for your keyboard to slowly spit words out?
Well, you won’t be stuck with this keyboard lag issue for long – check out the fixes below and your keyboard will catch up without fail in no time! 😉
Try these fixes
All the fixes below work in Windows 10. You may not have to try all of them; just work your way down the list until the keyboard delay issue goes away.
- Check for hardware issues
- Run Hardware and Devices troubleshooter
- Update your keyboard and graphics drivers
- Run DISM
Before addressing our keyboard-failing-to-keep-up problem, we might have to look out for potential hardware issues.
1) Depending on what kind of keyboard you’re using:
- I’m using a wired keyboard: double check that your keyboard has been connected properly. If the problem persists, try 2).
- I’m using a wireless keyboard: replace/charge the battery if needed. If the problem persists, try 2).
2) Try a different (and functioning) keyboard on your computer. Test and see if the lag issue has been solved. If not, move on to Fix 2.
Windows Hardware and Devices Troubleshooter is a useful tool that helps us solve problems with our hardware and devices (keyboard in this case). Here’s how to run Troubleshooter:
1) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and type troubleshoot, then click Troubleshoot.
2) Locate and click on Hardware and Devices and click Run the troubleshooter.
3) Click Next and follow the on-screen instructions to fix the issues it detects.
Troubleshooter failed to fix the issue? Don’t worry, move on to Fix 3.
Your outdated/mismatched/missing keyboard and/or graphics drivers may well be another culprit of the major delays in your keyboard. So we might have to update the drivers to keep this from feeding into a more serious issue.
There’re two ways you can update your device drivers — manually or automatically:
Update your drivers manually – To troubleshoot the issue, you can update the aforementioned drivers manually ONE BY ONE until you pin down the exact offending driver. Firstly you’ll have to go to the manufacturer’s website, search for the most recent correct driver for the devices. Be sure to choose only drivers that are compatible with your variant of Windows system versions. Then download & update them all by yourself.
Update your drivers automatically – If you don’t have the time, patience or computer skills to update your drivers manually, you can, instead, do it automatically with Driver Easy. You don’t need to know exactly what system your computer is running, you don’t need to risk downloading and installing the wrong driver, and you don’t need to worry about making a mistake when installing.
You can update your drivers automatically with either the FREE or the Pro version of Driver Easy. But with the Pro version it takes just 2 clicks (and you get full support and a 30-day money back guarantee):
1) Download and install Driver Easy.
2) Run Driver Easy and click the Scan Now button. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.
3) You can upgrade to the Pro version and click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of ALL the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system.
You can also click Update to do it for free if you like, but it’s partly manual.
4) Restart your computer, test your keyboard and hopefully it can catch up unfailingly this time.
DISM (Deployment Image & Servicing Management) is a tool in Windows that helps us fix Windows-corruption-caused errors. Sometimes this keyboard-failing-to-keep-up problem happens because of corruption and misconfigurations on our computer. If that’s the case, we’ll have to run DISM to check and fix the error.
1) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and type cmd. Then right click on Command Prompt and click Run as administrator.
2) Type the following command and press Enter:
/Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth
Wait a while for the whole process to finish.
3) Type sfc /scannow and press Enter.
4) Restart your computer, type a few words and see if it registers as expected.
That’s it – 4 fixes for your keyboard delay issue. Hope it helps and feel free to comment below if you have any further questions. 🙂