Since the launch in 2015, Windows 10 has rapidly become the most widely used operating system all across the globe. Every day over 400 million users all throughout the world use Windows 10. Windows 10 came out with additional features compared to the earlier version of Window’s operating systems. Windows 10 is definitely better than Windows 8 & 8.1 but this betterment that comes at a cost. The latest Windows consumes a lot of system resources and network bandwidth. That causes a slow internet in Windows 10. This reduced Internet speed usually happens because of background activities. Like Windows Updates or other tasks that choke a lot of your bandwidth. All those who use Windows 10 can use these simple Tips & tricks to amp up their internet speed.
Keeping a Check on Windows Updates
The biggest flaw of Windows 10 is the automatic Windows update. No matter what you do, that function stays on all the time. Even if you stop it, it keeps working in the background, silently consuming a lot of bandwidths as it constantly keeps on checking for updates to download.
Although all computer experts will suggest you keep your Windows updated all the time, you can still deactivate the setting temporarily for an increase in internet speed.
During the launch of Windows 10, Microsoft unveiled a feature that turns your system into a file-sharing server to reduce the workload of your Windows central servers. As a result of this feature, a large chunk of your network gets occupied. To stop this from happening, follow these procedures:
- Windows Settings > Update & recovery > Choose how updates gets installed
Once you are through this procedure, select what you wish to do with your Windows automatic updates.
Restrict Background Applications
The application running in the background can be a very common reason for slow internet speeds. Most of the applications that keep running in the background keep on consuming a lot of data. We can disable some of these applications while some of them can’t. Disabling them will let you increase internet speed on Windows 10 and improve overall performance. Few examples of background functions that choke your internet bandwidth.
- Torrent Applications
- Cloud-based storage systems (Dropbox & Google Drive)
- Anti-Virus Software
- Graphic card applications usually store a lot of networks
Turning off these applications when not using would increase the Internet speed on Windows 10 significantly. Be careful while disabling a few of these programs, as they play a significant role in the functioning of your system. Follow these easy steps to disable tasks:
- Right Click on the Windows Taskbar and open “Task Manager”
- Click on the “Performance” tab.
- Tap on Open Resource Monitor
- Click on the Network Tab and see find out which apps or services have high numbers of send & service requests.
Disabling the Firewalls
Firewalls are the most important security protocol for every Windows. All Windows comes pre-installed with Windows operating systems. Firewall makes sure that your system is safe and secure from all malware and virus. Apart from saving your computer from these harms, Firewalls can also block a lot of your internet speed. In case you have been facing constant slow internet speed in Windows 10 then try disabling your Firewall temporarily to see if your firewall is the reason for slow internet speeds. If you are using Window’s 10 built-in Firewall, then you should consider using a third-party Firewall system. If you are already using a third-party firewall, then maybe switching back to Window’s inbuilt firewall could solve your issue. Different systems put out different results.
Install Official Network Drivers
Although Windows 10 comes with existing network drives. These drivers can cause stability and compatibility issues with system hardware. Most tech junkies will advise you to download drivers manually from the hardware manufacturer’s website. This will cause better connectivity and increased internet speed in Windows 10.
Increase Internet Speed Using Group Policy Editor
All the above-mentioned tips & tricks should allow you to increase your internet speed. If nothing works, then you should resort to one last solution. What most people don’t know that Windows automatically reserves 20% of your internet bandwidth for OS & multiple minuscule tasks. This means you only get 80% of your internet bandwidth to complete your tasks.
You can disable this setting by following these simple steps.
- Log in to your system as an administrator and press the “Windows key + R” at the same time to get the run window.
- Type “gpedit.msc” in the search box and hit enter
- After the Window is loaded, click on “Computer Configuration”
- After opening Computer Configuration, Navigate: “Administrative Templates> Network> QoS Packet Scheduler,” and hit OK on “Limit reservable bandwidth”
- In the new window, choose “Enabled” and change the bandwidth limit to (0%)
- Apply these changes, then hit OK.
Hopefully, these tips and tricks will help you solve your issue of slow internet speed on Windows 10. If these problems still prevail, then you would want to consider changing your Internet service provider. If you are getting the same laggy speed on other devices, then you should definitely switch internet service providers.