Microsoft Releases Fix For Mouse Pointer Stutter Or Freeze In Games Running On Windows 8.1

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After the release of Windows 8.1, there were lots of reports from gamers that mouse pointer freezes or stutters while playing games in Windows 8.1. Microsoft has released a fix for this issue and also has provided steps for “How to extend the update to other games”. This fix will work only for following games,

This update resolves this issue in the following games:

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops – Multiplayer
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops II
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops II – Multiplayer
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops II – Zombies
  • Call of Duty: Ghosts – Multiplayer
  • Call of Duty: MW2
  • Call of Duty: MW2 – Multiplayer
  • Call of Duty: MW3
  • Call of Duty: MW3 – Multiplayer
  • Call of Duty: MW
  • Call of Duty: MW – Multiplayer
  • Counter Strike: Global Offensive
  • Counter Strike: Source
  • Deus Ex : Human Revolution
  • Deus Ex : Human Revolution Director’s Cut
  • Hitman Absolution
  • Hitman Sniper Challenge
  • Half Life 2
  • Metro 2033
  • Portal
  • Tomb Raider

If you want to fix other games too, follow the below procedure,

  • Click Start, type regedit.exe in the Start Search box, and then press Enter.
  • Click Yes if the User Account Control dialog box is displayed.
  • Browse to the following folder:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\AppCompatFlags\Layers

    Note If the Layers key does not exist, right-click AppCompatFlags, click New, click Key, and then type Layers to create the key.

  • Create a new registry entry for the game. To do this, right-click Layers, click New, click String Value, type the full path of the game’s executable file in the box, and then press Enter.
  • Right-click the value, and then click Modify. In the Value data field, type NoDTToDITMouseBatch, and then press Enter.
  • Click OK to confirm the change.
  •  Open an elevated Command Prompt window. To do this, click Start, type cmd.exe in the Start Search box, right-click cmd.exe in the search results list, and then click Run as administrator
  • Run the following command at an elevated command prompt:
  • Rundll32 apphelp.dll,ShimFlushCache

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Source: Microsoft

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  • Emily the Strange

    if developers did their work right instead of using method they shouldnt for mouse input, nothing of this would happen…
    I love when people say its Microsoft fault
    or I even read someone saying “thats the problema of having a TOUCH interface” and alot of BS like that… I know humans are stupid but sometimes they really want to go more stupid.
    but anyway, its Developers fault, not like i expect them to fix it… but its silly to complain and say it was Microsoft fault, even though in the end MS is the one who has to fix it.

    • nadako

      This doesn’t have anything to do with the developers but with the DirectX SDK. Microsoft has not updated the input sdk using Directx since DirectX 8.0. Which developers still use. It heavily needs an update. Windows 8.1 caused the problem with the SDK not the developers if Microsoft says hey use these tools to program on your game which are the APIs(Which im sure you know about) then it is Microsoft to provide an update for them. I agree with you about the touch interface because it uses a different set of commands and touch in windows 8 is no longer the same as touch in windows xp.