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sunnyrio

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I have frequent pauses of 20 seconds in Windows 11 (no matter what I'm doing), which get more often the longer the computer has been running. The mouse drops to 2 fps, and clicking things or typing does nothing (although the keyboard does buffer). After 20 seconds it goes back to normal and I often see the taskbar refresh.

In the event viewer all I can see that looks odd is Windows Logs, Security, Audit success, up to 30 in 1 second, but not always corresponding to the pause times.

Also Windows Logs, Application, Warning, Perflib, three in a row occurring every 10 minutes (but my pauses are more often than that).

Please advise as to where to even start looking to diagnose this problem, as it's driving me insane!
 

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It would help if you would complete your computer profile in your forum user profile so we can know what we are dealing with.
When did problem start? Did you upgrade from 10 to 11? If so, when? We have to determine a place to start troubleshooting so begin by seeing if you have the issue in a clean boot state. Perform a Clean Boot in Windows 11 to Troubleshoot Software Conflicts Tutorial
 

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Not sure if you intended to, but you're coming across as arrogant. I didn't include more information as I didn't know which information you'd need.

The problem has been around a while, probably around the same length of time I've had 11 (upgraded from 10). But it could be any number of other programs I've installed or changes I've made.

I'll have a go at a clean boot tomorrow as I'm sick of computers just now and want to go play games! By the way, your link doesn't save info on what is currently enabled, so that would make a big mess of my machine. I will take screenshots first so I know what to put back on!

P.S. I don't mean to be rude, but that bright red text begging for points? Come on.
 

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Not sure if you intended to, but you're coming across as arrogant. I didn't include more information as I didn't know which information you'd need.
It's not arrogant or even could be construed as such, it helps immensely if it's known what hardware you're using. It's a basic question tbh and something that is the very minimum required to start to formulate a diagnosis. If you phoned a garage to say my car is misfiring or won't start I guarantee they'd ask you what make and model you have.
 

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It's red because black text does not show if a viewer uses dark mode. It's not begging for points either. I could care less about points. It's a way of showing folks how they can acknowledge a post that has helped them. We try to help people the best we can but can't please everyone.
 

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Of any problems I've ever had with Windows in over 25 years of using the OS I can;t say this has ever been one of them.

Chances are - your computer might not have sufficient RAM or have very slow non SSD type of disks,

Cheers
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I have experienced lag in keyboard and mouse output while my antivirus software is scanning my computer.
 

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It's not arrogant or even could be construed as such, it helps immensely if it's known what hardware you're using. It's a basic question tbh and something that is the very minimum required to start to formulate a diagnosis. If you phoned a garage to say my car is misfiring or won't start I guarantee they'd ask you what make and model you have.

It certainly can be construed as such, it sounded like I was being called stupid for not giving relevant info, when I didn't know what info out of 50 billion things would be needed for this particular problem. When I phone my garage he could ask me all sorts of questions, I'm not going to start the call by giving him everything when only 2 of those things are what he needs. The make and model may have nothing to do with it, he might want to know how old the plugs are, how old the battery is, how often I drive it, when I last filled up with fuel, etc.

It's red because black text does not show if a viewer uses dark mode. It's not begging for points either. I could care less about points. It's a way of showing folks how they can acknowledge a post that has helped them. We try to help people the best we can but can't please everyone.

You could make it smaller. And who uses dark mode? Probably 1 in 100.

Everyone ticks things they like anyway, it's a Facebook thing.

???
Of any problems I've ever had with Windows in over 25 years of using the OS I can;t say this has ever been one of them.

Chances are - your computer might not have sufficient RAM or have very slow non SSD type of disks,

Cheers
jimbo

I've never seen it either, even working on a thousand computers in two jobs for 11 years.

It has 64GB dual channel of the fastest DDR4 available. And it's a Ryzen 3900XT (24 core) and does it when nothing is running and the task manager shows everything idling.

I have a brand new WD NVME 1TB, that isn't it. The computer is very fast 90% of the time, then it sticks, looking like it's waiting for some hardware that's timing out. But I'm not aware of any hardware that isn't working.
 

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Is the keyboard and mouse wireless? I have had interference from other wireless devices that caused screwy issues with the mouse/keyboard hanging. Perhaps a bad wireless receiver?
 

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I have experienced lag in keyboard and mouse output while my antivirus software is scanning my computer.
I have AVG, but I don't think it's doing a scan every 3 minutes, and for 20 seconds. The interface for it is abominable, I have no idea what it scans and when.

The keyboard and mouse are basic wired USB things.

It's not just the input, I can see everything on the screen that should be moving grinds to a halt, then when it's finished messing about, I see the taskbar refresh then it's ok again.

I wonder if it could be startallback? I've never seen this problem mentioned in their forum though.
 

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I have AVG, but I don't think it's doing a scan every 3 minutes, and for 20 seconds. The interface for it is abominable, I have no idea what it scans and when.
I have Avast and a full scan takes my computer over 2 hours to complete. At different stages of the scan, keyboard and mouse lag occur on one of my computers, but not on others.

USB drivers and port conflicts could be causing some problems. I'd try another keyboard and mouse to see if the problem continues.
 

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It was happening all day every day. I worked it out. Startallback was a choice in the right direction. Uninstalling that didn't help, so I thought what else would cause Explorer to refresh? John's background switcher. Changing the wallpaper, although not a big deal for Windows 10, apparently really frightens the screwed up reprogrammed for no reason Windows 11. So I made it change the wallpaper less often.
 

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I'm happy you have it sorted out. New and improved isn't always "improved" seems like.
 

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