How to Solve Star Wars: The Old Republic Lag Issue

Sherry li
4 min readMar 2, 2021

Star Wars: The Old Republic, simply known as SWTOR or TOR, is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game based in the Star Wars universe. It was developed by BioWare Austin. Users can play the game on Microsoft Windows. Unfortunately, some players encounter a lag issue while playing the game. There are some solutions and you can have a try if you are facing the same problem.

Solution 1: Check Your Internet Connection

When you encounter Star Wars: The Old Republic lag issue, the first thing you need to do is to check your Internet connection. If you don’t know what to do, the following post might be helpful: 11 Tips to Troubleshoot Internet Connection Problems Win 10.

Solution 2: Check SWTOR System Requirements

To make sure a game works properly on your PC, you should meet its system requirements. If you get the SWTOR stuttering or lagging issue frequently, you need to check your PC specs to see if the SWTOR system requirements are met. The requirements are as follows:

  • OS: Windows 7 or later
  • CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core 4000+ or better/Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0GHz or better
  • GPU: Intel HD 3000 or better/AMD Radeon HD 7450/Nvidia GeForce 610
  • RAM: 3GB RAM
  • Hard drive: 50GB available storage space

If your PC doesn’t meet the requirements, you might need to upgrade the hardware.

Solution 3: Run SWTOR as an Administrator

Privilege issues could also lead to Star Wars: The Old Republic lag issue. If your PC meets the SWTOR system requirements, you can try running the game as an administrator to solve the problem. You just need to:

Step 1: Right-click the SWTOR shortcut on your desktop and select Properties.

Step 2: In the pop-up window, switch to Compatibility tab and check Run this program as an administrator under the Settings section.

Step 3: Click Apply > OK to save the changes.

Step 4: Double-click the SWTOR shortcut to launch the game.

Solution 4: End Background Processes

If you are running too many programs while playing the game, you could also encounter Star Wars: The Old Republic lag issue as these programs would take a lot of system resources. In this case, you should kill all the unnecessary processes that are running in the background to solve the SWTOR lag problem. Here are the detailed steps.

Step 2: Under the Processes tab, right-click each app and select End task. Repeat this step until you close all the unnecessary programs.

Then you can restart the game and check if you can play it smoothly. Viruses and malware attacks could also cause the SWTOR lag issue. You’d better check for that.

Solution 5: Reinstall SWTOR

If all the solutions above fail to solve the problem, you can try reinstalling SWTOR.

Step 1: Open Control Panel.

Step 2: Select View by: Category and click Uninstall a program.

Step 3: Right-click your game and select Uninstall. Then follow the onscreen instructions to finish the process.

Step 4: Download and install SWTOR again.


Position: Columnist

Sherry has been a staff editor of MiniTool for a year. She has received rigorous training about computer and digital data in company. Her articles focus on solutions to various problems that many Windows users might encounter and she is excellent at disk partitioning.

She has a wide range of hobbies, including listening to music, playing video games, roller skating, reading, and so on. By the way, she is patient and serious.

Originally published at on March 2, 2021.