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Microsoft Mouse in Windows 7 Became Slow and Laggy

Last month, April 2014, I started to experience severe problems with my USB Microsoft Mouse (cabled) on Windows 7. Frequently it would stop responding altogether and suspending the computer and waking it up seemed to get it working again for between 2 and 10 minutes – but then it would stop working again.

I suspected my cabled mouse was getting old and dysfunctional (highly unusual for an optical mouse, but one can be unlucky). So I removed the cabled mouse and plugged in a wireless USB Microsoft Mouse. This didn’t stop working. But it suffered a different problem.

From time to time the mouse would appear “slow”. It would update on the screen maybe twice a second, or even less frequently, once per second, or pause for several seconds before responding again.

The solution in my case was to do the following. Open device manager (start menu, type “device manager”). Then expand the “Universal Serial Bus controllers” item, and right click on “Microsoft Mouse and Keyboard Detection Driver (USB), left-click on “Uninstall”. You do not need to tick the box that asks to delete the drivers.

Uninstall Microsoft Mouse and Keyboard Detection Driver (USB)

Uninstall Microsoft Mouse and Keyboard Detection Driver (USB)

The mouse stopped working at this point. So I connected my trusty cabled mouse and I clicked “cancel” as the Microsoft Mouse detection program started running looking for special drivers for my mouse.

Turns out I have to do this every time the mouse slows down. Go to device manager, uninstall the driver, then unplug and re-plug my mouse.

One response to “Microsoft Mouse in Windows 7 Became Slow and Laggy

  1. Steve July 3, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    All I did with my desktop when my cable mouse became slow and laggy especially when downloading u tube clips and such was restore ATI Radeon back to factory default then scheduled a disk check, updated flash player and rebooted the computer, my mouse is now back to normal even when downloading or running other programs

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