Disabling mouse acceleration in Windows XP

What is mouse acceleration?

If you’ve never heard the term “mouse acceleration” then this article is for you as you. Mouse acceleration is a annoying feature found in all versions of Microsoft Windows that artificially increases the speed of your mouse cursor based on how fast you move the mouse across your mouse pad. It sounds like a great feature in theory, in fact, Microsoft even calls the setting to “Enable pointer precision”; unfortunately it does the exact opposite and destroys any precision you may have had!

First Person Shooters and Mouse acceleration

Many gamers don’t realize that mouse acceleration comes enabled by default. Little do they know that every stroke of their mouse is different; inconsistent due to a mathematical formula calculating the speed at which they move their mouse. Some gamers get used to this setting. They never think twice about it, claim to be amazing, and to be honest, on occasion they are. What they may find however, is that their game is always plagued with inconsistency because moving the mouse from point A to point B is never the same. By disabling mouse acceleration, no matter how fast or slow you move the mouse, movement from point A to point B will be the same. This results in much greater accuracy, increased consistency and a shorter learning curve to mastering precision in first person shooters.

Ok so how do i disable this “mouse acceleration?”

Well, first off, from Windows, open up your “Control Panel” located either under “My computer”, or in your “Start Menu/Settings/Control Panel”. From here open the “Mouse” panel and as per the screen-shot below, select the “Pointer Options” tab and un-check the “Enhance pointer precision” check-box.

Now, you’re halfway there..
Due to a bug in Windows, even if you un-check the “Enhance pointer precision” option, you may still experience mouse acceleration. Lucky for us, someone came up with a registry fix to eliminate “ALL” further mouse acceleration in Windows. Simply double click the file, click apply and voila! No more icky mouse acceleration.Note: I highly recommend that you use this registry tweak after disabling mouse acceleration in your mouse properties control panel to prevent Windows from re-enabling it due to the “Enhance pointer precision” option.

Download the mouse registry fix

Also, for those of you that are extra paranoid, check out my Steam launch options guide for information on how to force Counter-Strike to disable mouse acceleration as well!.