Since the release of Windows 11, more users have managed to get the upgrade for free. However, Windows 11 users still encounter several issues including the mouse lagging and stuttering. If you’re on the same boat, no worries. We’ll walk you through the troubleshooting steps in this guide.

Before tweaking any advanced settings on your computer, you should first restart your PC and use your mouse. Then reconnecting your mouse to your PC.

For users who use a wired mouse…
For users who use a bluetooth mouse…

If you’re using a wired mouse

If you’re using a wired mouse, try to connect it using another USB port. As the USB port you’re connecting your mouse to may not be functioning properly.

If you’re using a bluetooth mouse

If you’re using a bluetooth wireless mouse, try removing and reconnecting it to your PC.

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows logo + I keys to open Settings.
  2. Select Bluetooth & devices. Find your device. Click on the three-dots and click Remove device.

  3. Now turn on the power button on your mouse to make sure it’s ready for connecting. Then click Add device from the settings.

  4. Click Bluetooth and find your device to connect it.

If the problem persists after performing these steps, you should try the fixes below.

  1. Download & install all Windows updates
  2. Disable mouse trails
  3. Enable/ Disable Scroll Inactive
  4. Update your mouse driver
  5. Disable Adaptive Sync Settings
  6. Run a full system scan

1. Download & install all Windows updates

Windows updates usually come with bug fixes and bring new features. When you encounter any issues on Windows, try installing Windows updates. This may be the best shot you can take without much troubleshooting. Follow the steps below to do so.

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows logo + I keys simultaneously to open Settings.
  2. Click Windows Update.

  3. Click Check for updates. Then Windows will start download the updates if they are available.

  4. When the process is finished, click Restart now to restart your PC. Or you can Schedule the restart.

After the reboot, use your mouse to do a test. If your problem persists, try the next fix below.

2. Disable mouse trails

A mouse with a trail is an accessibility feature known as pointer trail. It is to make it easier to track the mouse pointer’s movement. But there’s a bug occurring that users who have mouse trails enabled are more likely to face the mouse lagging and stuttering issues. While disabling mouse trails doesn’t fix the issues entirely, it makes things slightly better. To do this, follow the instructions below.

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows + R keys simultaneously to open the Run box.
  2. Type main.cpl and hit Enter.

  3. Select the Pointer Options tab. Uncheck Display pointer trails and click Apply > OK.

Now restart your Windows PC and check if your problem is solved.

3. Enable/ Disable Scroll Inactive

Windows Scroll Inactive is a feature that allows you to scroll a non-focused window without clicking on it. But some users found that when it’s enabled, the mouse will lag and stutter. In this case, you can try enabling and then disabling this option and check if it works for you.

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows logo + I keys simultaneously to open Settings.
  2. Select Bluetooth and devices. Scroll down. Find the Mouse option and click on it.

  3. Now drag on and off the Scroll inactive windows when hovering over them option for a few times.

If this doesn’t work for you, proceed to the next fix.

4. Update your mouse driver

Drivers make it possible to use accessories and core computer parts on your device. If you’re using an outdated mouse driver, there’s no doubt you’re not getting top performance. To fix it, you should try updating your mouse driver. If you’re using a bluetooth mouse, it’s better you update your bluetooth driver.

You can do this manually via the Device Manager or by going to your device’s manufacturer’s driver download page to download and install the latest driver compatible with your system version. Or you can do it automatically with Driver Easy. It’s a useful driver updater tool that helps detect any outdated drivers, then download and install the latest drivers for your system.

  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 devices with outdated drivers.

  3. Click Update All. Driver Easy will then download and update all your outdated and missing device drivers, giving you the latest version of each, direct from the device manufacturer.

    This requires the Pro version which comes with full support and a 30-day money-back guarantee. You’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All. If you don’t want to upgrade to the Pro version, you can also update your drivers with the FREE version. All you need to do is to download them one at a time and manually install them.

After updating drivers, restart your PC and check if your issue persists.

If you need assistance, please contact Driver Easy’s support team at

5. Disable Adaptive Sync Settings

If you’re using a monitor that supports NVIDIA Adaptive Sync, you may be more likely to encounter these lagging and stuttering issues. It’s available for users who have 10 series NVIDIA graphics cards and above that’s capable of supporting G-Sync. But enabling this feature would just trigger some errors. To locate your problems, you should try disabling Adaptive Sync settings. Below is how you can do this.

  1. In your search box, type or paste NVIDIA Control Panel. Then click it from the results.
  2. Under the Display tab, click Set up G-SYNC. Then uncheck Enable G-SYNC, G-SYNC Compatible.
  3. Restart your PC to let the change take full effect.

If your problem persists after applying the change, move on to the next fix.

6. Run a full system scan

If none of the methods have resolved the issue for you, it’s high time you check if you have missing or corrupted system files. Your mouse issues may have originated due to system corruptions, and repairing system files can work in most cases.

You can use the System File Checker tool (sfc /scannow) to look for any critical system issues, but most of the time it only scans major files and may miss minor issues. In such a case, use Fortect to do the work for you.

Fortect is an advanced PC repair tool that scans your PC, detects the issue, and solves them automatically. Now follow the steps below to run a full system scan.

  1. Download and install Fortect.
  2. Run the software. Fortect will start a deep scan of your system. The process may take a while.
  3. Once the scan is finished, you’ll see a complete overview of your system and issues. Click Start Repair to start the repair process and wait for Fortect to fix the problem.

Hopefully, you could use your mouse smoothly after walking through the steps above. If you have any ideas or questions, feel free to drop us a line in the comment section below.

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