Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

Why does Windows need several seconds to recognize the mouse I just plugged in? On MacOS this happens almost instantaneously.

share|improve this question
To get a useful answer, it might be good to retag your question with a specific Windows version. – CarlF Dec 5 '09 at 14:47

If its Windows 7, the time taken is incredibly long, especially if its set to use Windows update to scan for drivers on /every/ connect. That plus my flaky, flaky and slow Internet connection which resulted in timeouts means it took forever to detect. Asked Windows not to look at Windows update, and it was much better.

share|improve this answer

If this is happening just after the boot, then this is normal behavior for Windows starting up with a non-minimal configuration.

The boot process continues even after the desktop is displayed, the disk keeps on churning and processes are queued waiting for Internet access. This slowing down effect is augmented if any antivirus product is installed and its checks slows-down the starting up of applications.

This is something one has to live-with on Windows. Be thankful that it only takes several seconds and not several minutes (like my own over-charged computer).

share|improve this answer

Is the hardware comparable? If your Windows box is not the same as your Mac you would expect different response times. On my own Windows systems, it takes less than a second to recognize my mice.

share|improve this answer

On my windows system here, I just plugged in a regular £2.99 mouse, it started working instantly. Unplugged my G5, rebooted, and plugged it back in. About half a second (I guess mostly for setpoint to initialise).

At school? Takes 30 seconds on boot before peripherals start functioning, 20 if you plug them in after-the-fact. I think it's configuration error, most likely.

share|improve this answer

This is due to a series of stuff:

-Memory; if you run a lot of programs; it takes time; if you don't ; it doesn't take (much) time

-USB Ports: If you have USB 1.0; yes it might run slowly; 2.0 is better.

-Your Windows version; is sometimes the problem.

-we're talking about Windows. (I think you'll understand what i mean)

share|improve this answer

You must log in to answer this question.