Mouse Lags, Freezes, Stutters in Windows 10 [Fixed]

By Sophie Luo in Driver Error Tags: mouse

If you’ve upgraded to Windows 10 and found that your mouse lags or freezes without obvious reasons, you’re not alone. Many Windows users are reporting this problem. But no worries, we’re here to help you fix your freezing mouse with step-by-step instructions and clear images. 

Here are 4 solutions for you to try. You may not need to try them all; just work from the top down until you find the one works for you. 

  1. Reinstall the mouse driver
  2. Update the graphics card driver
  3. Check the local area network settings
  4. End Realtek audio
  5. Other options

1: Reinstall the mouse driver

Before we begin, you should try your mouse on another computer to see if the lagging or freezing problem continues. 

If your mouse works well on the other computer, your mouse or the mouse driver could be at fault. To fix it: 

1) On your Keyboard, press the Windows logo key and X at the same time. Press the down arrow key until you highlight Device Manager. Press Enter

2) Press Tab, then the down arrow key until you highlight Mouse and other pointing device. Press the left arrow key to expand it. 

3) Press the down arrow key to highlight your mouse name, then Enter

4) Press the Tab key and the Ctrl key at the same time until you are at the Driver tab. Press Tab until you highlight Uninstall Device. Then press Enter

5) Press Enter.  

6) If you’re prompted to restart your computer, press Enter. If not, press Tab to restart your  computer later. 

7) If you choose not to restart your computer right after the uninstall, go to the tool bar in Device Manager and click Scan for hardware changes.

If the mouse is currently not working, you can press F5 on your keyboard and the scan will start. 

Windows will help you reinstall the drivers for your mouse. 

8) See if your mouse lagging problem is fixed now.  

2: Update the graphics card drive

The problem could also be caused by outdated graphics card driver. To solve it, you can update your display driver. There are two ways for you to update your graphics card: manually or automatically. 

Manual driver update – You can update your graphics card driver manually by going to the manufacturer’s website and searching for the most recent correct driver. Be sure to choose only drivers that are compatible with you variant of Windows 10. 

Automatic driver update – If you don’t have the time, patience or computer skills to update the graphics card driver manually, you can do it automatically with Driver EasyDriver Easy will automatically recognize your system and find the correct drivers for your exact video card, and your variant of Windows 10, and it will download and install them correctly: 

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) Click the Update button next to the mouse device to automatically download and install the correct version of this driver (you can do this with the FREE version).

Or 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 (this requires the Pro version – you’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All).

3: Check the local area network settings

Disabling LAN and using wireless card to connect to the Internet also helps to solve the problem. To do it: 

1) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and R at the same time, type control and press Enter

2) Press Tab, then Enter. Press the left arrow key to select Small icons, then press Enter

3) Press Tab until you highlight Network and Sharing Center

4) Press Tab until you highlight Change adapter settings. Then press Enter

5) Press Tab until you highlight your LAN card. Press the left arrow key to select it. Then press Enter.  

6) Press Tab until you highlight Disable. Press Enter

7) You will be back to the Network Connection window, with your Ethernet icon highlighted. Press Enter to enable your network connection. 

4: End Realtek audio

Realtek audio card might interfering your mouse, and thus with the lagging problem. To fix it: 

1) Press the Windows logo key and X at the same time, press Tab until you highlight Task Manager

2) Press the down arrow key until you locate Realtek audio.exe. Click End Task

If the above methods don’t work, go check your Task Manager which applications could be at fault in occupying unconventional amount of disk usage. When you locate any suspicious applications, right-click them and click End Task to see if the mouse lagging problem resolved.  

Other options

1) Disable Cortana. It’s been proved that disabling Cortana helps fix your freezing mouse. 

2) Disable ATI HotKey Poller service. It’s reported that ATI Catalyst drivers including an ATI HotKey Poller service would input lag on certain system configurations. If you don’t need the ATI hotkeys, just disable this service. 

Here is how: 

a) Press the Windows key and R at the same time, type services.msc in and press Enter

b) Locate ATI HotKey Poller service on the right side of the pane. Then double-click it. 

c) You will be in the Properties window. Change the Startup type to Disabled. Then click Apply and OK

d) Restart your computer. 

3) Don’t use USB hubs to connect your mouse. Directly connect your mouse and keyboard to your computer via the ports at the back of your PC to ensure the best performance. 

4) Try disconnect other USB peripherals, a digital camera, USB disk drive and so on, temporarily to see if this problem is caused by some conflicts.