I suggest you completely uninstalling and reinstalling the latest driver for Intel® HD Graphics 4000. You may also try the driver provided by the system manufacturer.
However, if non intensive graphic applications are experiencing the same issue I truly believe the cause is something else and not the graphics driver, perhaps operating system corruption or a different application.
“I used to get 30 fps with the same launcher and same version with max settings.”
Based on this, It should work if you used the same driver version. So, what changed?
Perhaps going back with Windows* System Restore or starting the system with a clean boot will help troubleshooting the issue.
Thank you! Performed a Clean Boot and that completely eliminated all lag. Now how would I find out which one of the background programs is causing it?
It is necessary to enable one at a time in order to find out which one is really causing the lag. You may want to try with the application(s) that appear to be more demanding on resources.
The information about Multiple real-time anti-malware products and firewalls may also be useful in this case.
Well, it was fun while it lasted. Unfortunately, my computer, even with a clean boot, it having the original problem. It almost seems as if my graphics card is decaying.
This problem is really annoying me. I may just backup and re-install Windows.