Fixing Pen Tablet Stroke Lag in Photoshop (or other apps) in Windows 7

Windows 7 has Pen and Touch Capabilities built in, which is awesome unless you want to actually draw something with your wacom or similar device in Photoshop, Illustrator, CAD etc. The problem is that a lot of the pen tablet drivers conflict with the Windows 7 pen / tablet-pc functionality.The best solution I have found is to disable the Windows 7 “Tablet PC Input Service” and then everything works without a lag.

Please note this method will disable native functionality related to this service (like “press and hold for right click”), but if you are reading this article you probably want to get rid of it anyway. I also recommend creating a system restore point. It is however unlikely anything will go wrong unless one disables the wrong service.

Lastly I take no responsibility if anything goes wrong I am just supplying the steps I took to rectify the problem 🙂

That being said here we go:

Step 1:
Click on the Start button then click on Control Panel
Click on Start then Control Panel

Step 2:
Click System And Security on the top left hand corner of your Control Panel
Click on System and Security

Step 3:
Click Administrative Tools
Click on Administrative Tools

Step 4:
Click Services
Click on Services

Step 5:
In the Services window, scrolls down to Tablet PC Input Services and double click it
Click on Tablet PC Input Services

Step 6:
In the properties window that opens, click the Stop button
Click the stop button

Step 7:
Change the Startup type to Disabled
Change startup type to disabled

Step 8:
Click the OK button
click ok button

Step 9:
Restart your design applications or preferably reboot.

And that is all there is to it! If you wish to re-enable this service repeat the process and change the startup type “Automatic” and click “Start” then “OK” and it will be re-enabled

Thanks for reading! 🙂


About shanemarksanim

3D artist from Cape Town, South Africa
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8 Responses to Fixing Pen Tablet Stroke Lag in Photoshop (or other apps) in Windows 7

  1. geo thermal says:

    Nice blog . Thanks for sharing information in your blog ….

  2. McDuff says:

    OMG, thank you so much for your tip, I just bought bamboo pen and touch, and I thought I bought some crappy thing because of the lag in maya and photoshop witch I use all the time. Now it’s runnning the way I expected it to work. Great post, thx dude 😀

  3. Artinoa says:

    Thank you very much 😀

  4. Jamie says:

    I did it and it still lags…-.-

  5. says:

    Thank you very much, it worked flawlessly, I have been using my pen and touch for a year now, and that lag was realy disturbing me especialy when I was sketching, now it works amazingly, thank you so much.

  6. Toasted says:

    Thanks so much, now it works perfectly, just the way it should have! Yay!

  7. Josh says:

    Thank you! You are a saint. 😀

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