I have been an internet user for more than 2 decades. I have used dial-up connections in the past when internet speeds were not that great in our country. Then, I used multiple tricks, settings, and all to increase my internet speed a bit for speeding up my browsing. Some of those tricks worked, and some of those didn’t.
Out of all those experiences, I have jotted down a few of them which did work for me in the past, and it still does help if you are still using a slow connection. Thus, I wrote this article titled “How to Increase Internet Speed on Windows 10” for all of you who need tricks to speed up your connection. These tips should work on Windows 11 as well.
There is nothing worse than working on a slow internet connection because it wastes a lot of time and also your productivity gets compromised. There are different reasons for slow internet. In most cases, your ISP is the culprit. But, sometimes the slow connection can be due to your Windows OS or some computer-related problems as well.
I have been listening from a few of my friends and colleagues that their internet speed is a bit slower after they installed Windows 10 on their PC. At first glance, you will think about how it is possible that upgrading to the latest version of OS can cause slow internet. But, this can be possible because of multiple reasons. The main reasons are heavy bandwidth uses of the OS, and many background services running in the background.
Below are the tips and tricks I am going to share for increasing the internet speed on your Windows 10 computer, but I would recommend you to use any internet speed checker website to record the speed before and after applying the tricks so that you may come to know how much impact is there.
By default, Windows 10 uses 80% of bandwidth and leaves only 20% for use which slows down internet browsing. But, the good news is you can override this by enabling the Limit Reservable Bandwidth and setting that to 0.
Below are the steps to do it:
- Press the Windows button + R to open Run, and type in gpedit.msc which will open Group Policy editor.
However, Gpedit.msc comes with only some Windows package, and many don’t have it such as Windows 10 home doesn’t have it. So, if gpedit.msc run command doesn’t work for you, click here to know how to enable it. Once gpedit.msc is accessible, then move to the next step.
- Navigate to Computer Configuration >> Administrative Templates >> Network >> QoS Packet Scheduler. And, then double-click on Limit reservable bandwidth
- It will open a pop-up window for limiting the reservable bandwidth. Select Enabled. Set the bandwidth limit to 0, and click OK.
That’s it. Now, the reservable bandwidth is free for general use. It boosts internet speed to a good extent.
In Windows 10 there are many apps that keep on running in the background, and they share your internet bandwidth as well. That slows down your internet connection a bit. So, the solution is to turn off those background apps and save the bandwidth to get a faster internet connection.
To do this, go to Setting.
Now click on Privacy.
Now, click “background apps” from the left pane. And turn it off.
This will help to save some of your internet bandwidth and improve the internet browsing.
This may or may not increase your internet speed because it all depends on the DNS server you are using. If you are using the DNS server which location is quite near to your location, changing it may not help but if your DNS server is situated far away from your location, changing to Google Public DNS would help because it is one of the fastest public DNS which has servers around the world that keep responding to the requests.
Your nearest Google’s DNS server will fulfill your requests which results in faster connection because the nearer the server the faster your connection will be.
I am not writing the full guide about changing the DNS on your PC because I have already written a blog post about it which you can read by clicking here.
Windows update service is not advisable to be disabled since it keeps updating your Windows installation with new updates, but if you are really pissed off your internet connection’s speed, you can disable it to save some more bandwidth that would increase the internet speed.
For this, you have to go to Services which you can type in the taskbar search and click it.
Find Windows Update from the list. Click “Stop”. This will stop this service. Now, double-click “Windows update” to open its properties.
Now its properties window will open.
In the Startup type, select Disabled, and click OK.
Restart the PC now.
Also, you should know how to change the bandwidth limit in Windows 10 because limiting the bandwidth(We did talk a bit about bandwidth earlier in this post), you decide how much bandwidth you want to keep for downloading and uploading update data from Microsoft servers as well as for other updates on your PC. Because at times, most of your internet bandwidth goes in downloading various updates on your PC, and you face a slow connection. So, limiting the bandwidth would be helpful. For this, you have to follow this:
Go to Setting >> Update & Security >> Advanced Options >> Click Advanced Options link >> Now, click Delivery optimization, and again click Advanced Options there >> Now, Under “Download settings,” check the Limit how much bandwidth is used for downloading updates in the background option, then move the slider to change it.
Then Also, under “Upload settings” do the same, and move the slider to change.
This is how to change the bandwidth limit in Windows 10.
This works for all versions of Windows. Just go to Setting >> System >> Storage >> Change how we free up space.
Click Clean Now.
Alternatively, you can also try run commands: temp, %temp% one by one by typing in the RUN, and hitting enter. Delete the contents that show when you hit enter for both.
Windows 10 comes with OneNote app which may or may not be useful for you. If it is useful for you, skip this point. If you are not using it, uninstall this since it uses some of your PC’s internet bandwidth while syncing files and folders.
For uninstallation, type Onenote in the search box of the Taskbar. This will appear there under best match. Now, right-click on it and click Uninstall.
The PC keeps a list of the sites and their IP addresses which we open frequently. These records are maintained in the DNS Resolver Cache. Data becomes obsolete after a long period (few months). So, we can flush the DNS resolver cache to flush out those obsolete data. This can make your connection slow for a while because your PC needs to DNS lookup for every new site. But, very soon you will experience a faster internet connection than what you were experiencing before DNS flushing.
To do this, go to Run, type in cmd, and hit enter. Command Prompt will open.
Now, in the Command Prompt, type ipconfig/flushdns, and hit enter. This will flush the DNS, and you will soon experience faster internet connection.
These are a few ways to increase internet speed on Windows 10. Moreover, there are a few more things you can do such as:
Switch off and on your Wifi Router: Sometimes, just switching off the router, and after 10-20 seconds, restarting again helps you increase the speed to a bit.
Disable/Enable the Network Connection: If you are connected through Ethernet cable, then go to Control Panel >> Network and Internet >> Network and Sharing Center. There in the left pane, click Change adapter settings. There you will see the Network Connections. See the one that is connected. Right-click on that and click Disable. Then again, right-click on that and then click Enable.
At times, this helps to improve the internet speed a bit.
How to Boost Upload Speed on Windows 10?
We always talk about how to improve the download speed of Windows 10 but we hardly talk about boosting the upload speed. Upload speed is equally important for those who usually upload a lot.
Here are a few quick tricks that help boost upload speed on Windows 10:
- Try using a wired connection: A wired connection offers much faster upload speed than wireless. So, if you can, try using the wired connection. I have been using Airtel Fibernet for more than 3 years now, and it has been offering me awesome upload and download speeds. I have used a few other broadband services as well; they used to offer good download speed, but the upload speed was not that great.
- Clear your temporary files: Clearing temporary files on your PC is required to smooth the function of your computer and the internet as well.
- Change your DNS settings: You can change the DNS setting, and update the DNS to Google Public DNS or OpenDNS for better upload speed which I have already mentioned in this article in detail.
- Update device drivers: Make sure to keep your PC drivers up to date. outdated drivers can cause slow upload speed.
- Remove malware: Keep scanning your computer for malware from time to time as it hinders the internet connection speed both upload and download. So, try checking for this, and if you find any, remove them.
- Turn off the internet of other devices: When you have to upload some files, try turning off the internet of other devices that are connected to the same connection. Or, just remove them. It will surely help.
If the internet is slow from the ISP’s end, we cannot do much but if there is no problem at their end, and speed is coming fine. And, If you are still facing a slow connection, then you can try these tips and tricks mentioned above to boost internet speed on Windows 10.
Share your thoughts and views in the comments. If you have any questions, do ask in the comments as well, I will try my best to respond with some solution.
Thanks for reading.