How to Increase the USB Polling Rate

Written by matthew chorlton
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Any USB device connected to a Windows computer has a polling rate. This is the rate at which data is sent from the computer to the device. A higher rate can allow for greater response, and a lower rate can reduce power consumption. Getting the balance right is usually handled automatically by the Windows computer. However, there is a way of manually setting USB polling rates.

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Things you need

  • Windows computer
  • USB device connected

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  1. 1

    Log on to the Windows computer using an account with administrative rights. Such an account is necessary for the successful change to the USB polling rate.

  2. 2

    Click "Start" and type "Regedit" in the "Run" field. Hit "Return" to open the Registry Editor tool.

  3. 3

    Navigate to the following registry key: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Class{36FC9E60-C465-11CF-8056-444553540000}\0000]

  4. 4

    Right-click the key and select "Create" and "DWORD" from the list of options.

  5. 5

    Right-click on the new key and select "Rename." Type "IdleEnable" and click "OK."

  6. 6

    Right-click the "IdleEnable" key and in the "Value" field type "1" to increase the polling interval.

  7. 7

    Reboot the Windows computer to save these settings.

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