Mouse Pointer Lags in Windows 10


Mouse pointer lags are commonly experienced during gaming, upon changes in mouse cursor. This workaround contains troubleshooting steps to fix this issue.

Download the Diagnostic

There are certain situations when missing entries in your registry and registry corruption causes this problem. Try running a registry scan to identify if there are any such issues.

  1. Click the button below to download and install the Diagnostic
  2. Perform a Registry scan and fix any problems detected.
  3. Restart your computer.

Estimated Download Time: 10 Seconds

Disable Pointer Trails Feature

Microsoft introduced this feature as people tend to lose mouse cursor as they move across the computer screen. The Pointer Trails feature adds a series of a trail of arrows that appear while moving across the screen, thereby making it easier to locate cursor.

1. Open the Start Screen.

2. Click Settings.


3. Click Devices icon.


4. Click the Mouse & Touchpad tab.


5. Click Additional mouse settings link.


6. It opens a new dialog titled Mouse Properties. Click the Pointer Options tab.

7. Move the Display pointer trails slider to the extreme left. (Short) Alternatively, you can also uncheck the box Display pointer trails.


8. Click Apply, and then OK.

Disable Conflicting Hokey Service

ATI graphics card comes with an ATI Hotkey Poller. It is an external event utility that continuously tracks key presses. Disable it from running at Windows startup interval

1. Open the Services tool by typing Services.msc in the Search box.


2. Scroll down the list of all services.

3. Right click ATI HotKey Poller service; choose Properties.

4. You have service properties dialog on your screen. Set the Startup Type to Disabled.


5. Save your changes by hitting OK.

6. Exit the Services window, restart your computer.

Revert to Previous Mouse Drivers

Are you experiencing mouse pointer lags after updating mouse driver? Restore it to its previous version using the Rollback Driver feature.

1. Press Windows Key to open the Start Screen.

2. Type mmc devmgmt.msc in the Search Box, and open it.


3. Expand top node.

4. Expand Mice and other pointing devices node.


5. Right-click your Mouse device, choose Properties.


6. Click the Driver tab > Roll Back Driver button.

Turn Off Display Scaling

Windows allows you to use scaling to increase the size of text and other UI elements on your screen.

1. Right-click Desktop shortcut of the application/ game that experiences mouse cursor lags.

2. Select Properties option from right-click menu options.

3. Click the Compatibility tab.


4. Check-up the box labeled Disable display scaling on high DPI settings.

5. Click Apply, and then OK.


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