I. Monitoring Windows updates
Windows 10 comes enabled with automatic Windows updates. The update function stays active in the background and can consume large chunks of network bandwidth as it checks for and downloads all the updates. Although it is recommended to keep Windows updated, you can temporarily disable the feature. This might boost your Internet speed.
During the Windows 10 rollout, Microsoft devised an automatic system that turns your PC into a file-sharing server to reduce the load on the central Window’s servers. As a result of this P2P sharing service, a portion of your network services is constantly engaged in background activities. To overcome this, one needs to properly manage these services by following these steps :
- Navigate to your Windows settings and click on “Windows Update” from “Update and recovery” menu.Windows update management
- Click on “Choose how updates get installed” option and set your update preferences accordingly.
II. Commonly used bandwidth consuming applications :
- Torrent applications
- Cloud-storage applications such as Dropbox and Google Drive
- Antivirus software
- Graphics card driver applications such as Nvidia GeForce Experience
A simple approach to the problem would be to turn off some of these applications when not in use. (Of course, you want to be very careful before turning off your antivirus program.) In addition to these applications, Windows packs in a lot of additional background services that tends to drain your Internet’s bandwidth. To check and monitor these background services/apps follow the steps mentioned below :
- Right-click the Windows Taskbar and open “Task Manager.”
- In the Task Manager’s menu click on the “Performance” tab.
Now, click on “Open Resource Monitor” from the bottom portion of the window.
Click on the Network tab and check for the applications or services that have a high number of send and receive requests. A higher number indicates that these particular services/apps are consuming a great deal of your bandwidth.
III. Here are the steps to disable LSO :
- Open Start Menu and right-click on the Computer and select “Properties.”
- Now Click on “Device Manager” from control panel.
- Among all the devices listed, expand “Network Adapters.”
- Find your Network Card and double-click on it.
- Select “Advanced” tab and Select “Large Send Offload V2 (IPv4)” and set the value to Disabled.
- Do the same for Large Send Offload V2 (IPv6) (if it is available).
- Click OK.
IV. Tweaks using ‘Group Policy Editor’
If nothing mentioned above works, then this measure might come in handy. Although most of us use Windows as our primary operating system, not every one of us is aware that Windows 10 reserves 20 percent of your Internet bandwidth for OS and other system-related services. This means you only have the remaining 80 percent for your browsing and other internet usages. You can disable this Internet bandwidth reservation by following these steps.
- Log in to your system with admin rights and click on windows key+R key on the keyboard at the same time to get Run window.
- Type “gpedit.msc” in the search box of Run and press OK.
- Once the Group Policy window is loaded, click on “Computer Configuration” option
- Now navigate through “Administrative Templates” > “Network” > “QoS Packet Scheduler” and click on “Limit reservable bandwidth”
- In the new window that appears, choose “Enabled” and change the corresponding Bandwidth limit (%) to 100Get access to the full available internet speed by setting 100%
- Apply these changes and click on OK
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