How to Fix Slow Internet Speeds In Windows 10

Making Windows 10 Faster

Windows 10 users often experience slow internet speeds and massive bandwidth issues. This is often caused by two background services, the automatic system update, and data synchronisation services. Incorrect optimisation of both services results in excessive consumption of system resources and network bandwidth.

Introduction

Incorrect system optimisation results in excessive consumption of network bandwidth. This is easily corrected by performing a few simple troubleshooting steps to rectify the bandwidth issue and slow internet speed.

Disable Windows Update Delivery

During the installation of Windows 10, Microsoft reconfigured your PC to a file sharing server utilising the P2P protocol. This minimised the load on their servers during the initial rolled out of Windows 10. Consequently, your PCs network services are actively engaged even when the PC is idle, allowing Windows Update files stored on your computer to be sent to other peers for P2P file sharing.

To disable the Windows Update delivery functionality follow the steps listed below:

–   Select Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update > Advanced Options and then change the “Choose how updates are delivered” setting to one of the following:
–   Turn off the p2p file transfer completely
–   Limit the p2p transfer to PCs on your local network

Disable Background Applications

The following background applications can be disabled to prevent further bandwidth drain and thereby improve your internet connection speed:

–   Steam
–   Torrent Applications
–   Anti-Virus (Virus Database Update) – Disable at your risk.
–   EA Origin
–   Cloud Sharing Applications

Install official Wi-Fi adapter drivers

It is recommended that you install the latest Wi-Fi drivers from your manufacturer’s website to guarantee enhanced stability and performance of the Wi-Fi device. This step is recommended because Microsoft installs generic or proprietary drivers for wireless network services from the driver repository bundled with the operating system.

Conclusion

Incorrect system optimisation results in excessive consumption of network bandwidth. This is easily corrected by performing a few simple troubleshooting steps to rectify the bandwidth issue and slow internet speed. Making the recommended changes will release resources and should normalise your internet speed.

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