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Windows 8/8.1 mouse lag. Is Microsoft adressing this?

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    Windows 8/8.1 mouse lag. Is Microsoft adressing this?


    Hey guys,

    Most of you might have heard about the mouse 'lag' that was introduced with Microsoft's new OS.
    According to some analysts the lag is described as 'negative acceleration'.
    This weird and unpredictable acceleration curve of the mouse, makes it pretty much impossible to work with with the mouse as fast and as accurate as you would be used to on previous OS'es...let alone play games at the same level!

    There are several articles on the web concerning this. Here are a few:
    Windows 8.1 introduces mouse lag that renders some games unplayable | Games | Geek.com

    mouse lag in video games since updating to win 8.1 - Microsoft Community

    Seeing as there are some MVP members on here, i was wondering if any of you would happen to know if this issue is actually being adressed by Microsoft at the moment?

    I know when i was MVP myself at my previous employee, i did have some strings to pull with local microsoft contacts/employees just to find out stuff like this.... but sadly for me i work for a different employer these days (in a different sector) so this is no longer the case for me...
    Last edited by NessPJ; 02 Nov 2013 at 09:50.

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  2. #2


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
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    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    You can shut it off - This issue came up recently, it has to be shut off from "PC Settings" but I forget exactly where.

    Same thing, the guy could not press any keys while mouse was clicked. I'll dig it up and try to get the procedure to shut it off.
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
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    Ok, it is called "Click Delay" and it can be shut off:

    Cannot Click While Typing

    To fix it, hover the cursor in the top right corner until the sidebar opens, click on SETTINGS, then on "Change PC Settings" in the bottom right. On the new screen, click "PC and Devices", and then on "Mouse and touchpad". The "ClickDelay" settings are at the bottom.
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    Dear XweAponX,
    Thanks for your reply! But i am fairly confident the 'click delay' is not whats going on in this case.
    Perhaps you have not heard of this wordwild confirmed issue yet? The issue has to do with the DPI scaling functionality that was recently introduced and is affecting the mouse code, its acceleration curve specifically.
    The acceleration curve takes on a negative curve which is not supposed to happen (its a-logical and even the human brain notices that the movement is weird because of it).
    I suggest you read the article i linked to in my OP, especially the one on answers.microsoft.com and the reply there by Mark C which is very extensive (ie. The most helpful reply). He explains exactly what needs to be adressed by Microsoft.
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    i was wondering if any of you would happen to know if this issue is actually being adressed by Microsoft at the moment?
    Not yet (officially) according to this article from yesterday:

    Windows 8.1 creates mouse-control problems for gamers | PCWorld
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
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    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Oh, you mean the actual Mouse acceleration, I had not heard about this.

    This is not the first issue that interferes with Gaming, the Click Delay interferes and also the DPI auto scaling as well. I didn't know the 2 were interlinked.

    Can't we install a 3rd party Mouse Driver? I installed Intellimouse and it shows up as a different device in device manager.

    Anyway thanx for the heads up, apparently they are not discussing this.
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    Looks like Microsoft is currently adressing this issue:

    Mouse lag in video games since upgrading to Windows 8.1 - Microsoft Community

    I hope they release a patch for this soon (fast escalation when it comes to these sorts of issue would certainly help the companies image in my opinion).
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    Looks like Microsoft released a first official fix for this.

    KB2908279
    Mouse pointer stutters or freezes when you play certain games in Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2

    Sadly, after some in-depth testing my 'negative acceleration' is still present in Arma 2.
    (I never had this before on Windows 7).
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
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    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Too bad, sorry. Can you use a different Controller for the game like a Joystick? I wish I could still use my Microsoft Sidewinder 2-axis Joystick, it worked great in Quake II, I could jump over a guy and shoot him in the head as I went over. Looked great on the screen while doing it.
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    I'm using a very common gaming mouse (Logitech G400).
    Appearantly the 'negative acceleration' has always been a culprit for many people in Arma 2.
    The funny thing is, i never had this problem on Windows 7.
    I tried pretty much everything i could...the only thing left is installing the official driver (Logitech Gaming Software) on Windows 8.1.
    The current build will not work one bit, with W 8.1 though, so a lot of people are waiting for a new release.

    There are some people that believe these sort of issues might be due to the way Windows 8 handles mouse packets (prioritisation).
    I haven't been able to find any in-depth information concerning this though.
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