CreateTimerQueueTimer (or timeSetEvent) precision with W10 RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi

    Under W10, the wake up delay time after calling CreateTimerQueueTimer with a delay of 3ms (e.g.) is not precise at all (using either a periodic delay or a repetitive single delay). The wake up delay time is sometimes 3ms, sometimes less (can be less than 2.1ms !) but is very very very often between 3.4ms to 4ms.

    I observe this on several PC under w10 (32 or 64bits)

    The accuracy of the same software running under W7 pro (32 or 64bits) is less than 0.2ms. This qualitative result is based on dozens PC installed in industrial machines (cutting, bending, polishing....)

    So my question is, how can I obtain the same timer accuracy under W10 than under Seven ?


      a) I wait the anniversary update of W10 but nothing change for my problem and the support of W7 is quite finish !

      b) using timeSetEvent instead of CreateTimerQueueTimer increase the accuracy under W7 but do nothing better under W10

    Tuesday, November 1, 2016 4:29 PM

All replies

  • Hi,

    CreateTimerQueue is not meant for precise timing. It uses thread-pools underneath, which may introduce significant delays.

    From my survey, the accuracy of timers and the real time clock in Windows is limited by the clock tick interrupt rate. Which by default tocks 64 times per second, 1/64 sec = 15.625 msec. as you mentioned.

    Increasing that rate is actually possible, call timeBeginPeriod(10) at the start of your program to get 10 msec accuracy.


    You can also feedback this condition to Microsoft by built-in Feedback Hub app, maybe a high resolution timer will be released in future.


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    Wednesday, November 2, 2016 2:39 AM
  • Starting with Windows 10 Version 2004, increasing the rate using timeBeginPeriod() doesn't work.
    It is broken. At least for CreateTimerQueueTimer () and SetThreadpoolTimer()
    Monday, June 22, 2020 7:55 PM
  • I confirm our software which relies on


    for 125hz callback frequency no longer works with Windows 10 2004 update.  At most the frequency is about 64Hz

    Does Microsoft know about this issue ?

    Tuesday, June 30, 2020 1:51 PM
  • I log the issue into Feedback Hub https://aka.ms/AA8r0y7

    But I get no feedback :-(

    Tuesday, June 30, 2020 2:11 PM
  • We also rely on timeBeginPeriod(1) and noticed the same problem in 2004.  However we think it is fixed in Visual Studio 2019. 
    Thursday, July 9, 2020 12:12 AM
  • No it is not fixed in Visual Studio 2019. It is not related to the compiler.

    Thursday, July 9, 2020 1:32 PM
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    Friday, July 31, 2020 7:41 AM