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Windows 7: Windows Aero = Mouse lag

20 Jan 2010   #1

Windows 7
Windows Aero/Basic questions


I noticed that when I run games I tend to get very little mouselag. It is not very noticeable, but can get annoying at times, especially if it's a game that caps my FPS, like MW2. I experience this mouse lag especially if I run the game in windowed mode.

By turning off Windows Aero my games run a lot smoother. I don't think that it has to do with my hardware, because I'm sure it can handle Windows Aero.

My specs:
Intel Q6600 @ 3.0 Ghz
ATI Radeon HD4870
Samsung F1 Spinpoint 1TB x3

My temps are cool so that should not be the problem.

Is there any way to fix this or am I forced to either live with it or turn off Windows aero permanently?

Thanks in advance!

PS: Is there any way I can enable Windows Basic theme for certain applications? IE making my explorer turn on the Windows Basic theme when I for example start Call of Duty 4.

PS #2: Is it possible to choose what color you want for the Windows Basic theme, or can you just use that not so good-looking blueish color?

My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Jan 2010   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64

Hey, I have seen this happen when people have "trails" enabled on the mouse options. You might check to see if you have that option enabled.

Other than that......I would check to see if theres a better driver....
My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Jan 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit

If you go into the Compatibility tab of the given program you are running and select "Disable Visual Themes", it will automatically set Windows to the Basic Theme when you start that program, and use your other theme when you exit it.

Sometimes it is required to get older games to run, so it's handy to know.
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20 Jan 2010   #4

Windows 7

Thanks for the replies, especially yours Grimhowl. This was very helpful and solved my problem. I had made .bat files which starts a Windows Basic theme and then the specified .exe file to run, but it was clumbsy and did not reset to my normal theme after closing the application.

Thank you again, my problem has been solved!
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