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Microsoft confirms Windows 8.1 mouse bugs

Microsoft confirms Windows 8.1 mouse bugs

A change in how Windows 8.1 addresses pointing devices is giving gamers headaches, but Microsoft promises a fix is on the cards.

Microsoft has confirmed that changes to the way Windows 8.1 interfaces with pointing devices compared to previous releases are causing heartache for gamers, and promises it is working on a fix for the flaw.

Shortly after the release of Windows 8.1, the free upgrade made available to all Windows 8 users, gamers began to notice glitches in the way their mice worked. Games that had been butter-smooth on Windows 8 suddenly started juddering and jumping, 1:1 mouse movement stopped working, and polling frequencies were dropped significantly compared to prior releases.

For twitch-gamers, any one of the above problems were enough to swear off upgrading to Windows 8.1 - but Microsoft states that it is working on the issues. 'We want to thank our gaming community for the detailed feedback many of you have provided on these issues,' a Microsoft spokesperson posted on the company's Answers site. 'While we don’t have a date yet for the release of a fix, we are working to get these issues resolved as quickly as possible. The “mouse lag” issue is actually several different issues that could vary based on the game, input methods used, etc.'

Sadly, Microsoft isn't at the point where it can offer workarounds for these issues - short of asking gamers to check whether their titles support raw mouse input, which would bypass the application programming interface (API) causing problems in Windows 8.1. Other reported bugs - including the pointer being restricted from reaching all areas of a game's window, and an inability to left-click on laptop trackpads immediately after pressing a key - do come with a few recommended ways of reducing their impact.

Beyond that, the company is simply asking gamers to be patient and wait for a fix for the flaw, or to try running older games in compatibility mode, available from the Properties menu when right-clicking on a game's shortcut.

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[USRF]Obiwan 4th November 2013, 14:57 Quote
Oh and while they @ it to fix the mouse bug, they should also fix the 'won't go to sleep' and 'gets out of sleep at random' bug since the 8.1 update. Many many users have this problem.
MrJay 4th November 2013, 16:11 Quote
And fix UAG while your at it...
PingCrosby 4th November 2013, 16:25 Quote
Pffffffffft. I hoover my mouse every day and have an anti-allergy protection cover (custom made) over it and haven't had any problems with bugs. Now my bed......thats a different matter, I overheard a couple of bed bugs saying they're getting married in the spring
Spreadie 4th November 2013, 17:50 Quote
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Originally Posted by PingCrosby
Pffffffffft. I hoover my mouse every day and have an anti-allergy protection cover (custom made) over it and haven't had any problems with bugs. Now my bed......thats a different matter, I overheard a couple of bed bugs saying they're getting married in the spring
Just wait there, I'll get your coat! ;)
poot 4th November 2013, 21:23 Quote
Noticed this jerky mouse in deus ex director cuts. Also had the problem of the computer not auto sleeping like it used to. Plus had to update graphics drivers to due games starting in 3d mode automatically.

Most annoying thing was the size of the upgrade: about 3.5 gig. Whereas the windows classic shell menu is virtually zero in comparison

Overall I found the update a waste of time
LordPyrinc 4th November 2013, 21:31 Quote
"the company is simply asking gamers to be patient and wait for a fix for the flaw"

The words gamers and patient used in the same sentence, really? I'm more inclined to believe in North Korea's Unicorn Lair than I am to believe in the existence of patient gamers.
mi1ez 4th November 2013, 22:32 Quote
Forget games, using windows is near impossible! I thought I was going mental!
Nikumba 4th November 2013, 23:23 Quote
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Originally Posted by poot
Most annoying thing was the size of the upgrade: about 3.5 gig. Whereas the windows classic shell menu is virtually zero in comparison

It is that size as 8.1 is in effect more than a service pack in that it reinstalls your OS as there are a lot of changes under the bonnet of the OS, but on the flip side OSX Mavericks was around the 5Gb mark for the latest update so not sure why size is an issue with today's internet.

Kimbie
Corky42 5th November 2013, 00:39 Quote
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Originally Posted by Nikumba
not sure why size is an issue with today's internet.

Size has been important ever since man has been alive ;)
Notional 5th November 2013, 06:38 Quote
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Originally Posted by Corky42
Size has been important ever since man has been alive ;)
Which means bigger is better?
phuzz 5th November 2013, 10:18 Quote
Randomly waking up from sleep is a windows bug? I've had the same problem in Vista and 7, always put it down to shonky motherboard drivers myself.
andrew8200m 5th November 2013, 10:24 Quote
Has microsoft confirmed windows 8.1 as a bug for windows 8 yet?
GoodBytes 9th November 2013, 06:47 Quote
Microsoft released a patch for the issue:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2908279

I guess it will show up in Windows updates next week or something.

Microsoft said the cause was because:
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This issue occurs because Windows 8.1 introduced changes to mouse input processing for low latency interaction scenarios. Therefore, games respond to mouse inputs differently in Windows 8.1 than in previous versions of Windows.

The update applies to the following games:
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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

To add additional games:
See the article posted above, it's explained.
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