• Windows 10’s automatic update feature slows down the Internet because Microsoft uses its users’ computers to deliver updates to other users.
  • You can temporarily increase your bandwidth by following a few simple steps in this article.
  • For helpful technical tutorials and various tips and tricks, check out our how-to section.
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How to increase bandwidth on Windows 10

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All users have been victims of slow internet speed in Windows 10 and despite troubleshooting the router, the problem is not solved.

Windows 10 used quite a bit of data on computers on the network as it used a peer-to-peer system to deliver updates much faster.

This means that the P2P update system takes some of the bandwidth. Therefore, to increase internet speed in Windows 10, users need to make some configuration changes.

The following methods work on both Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro.

How can I increase bandwidth on Windows 10?

1. Switch off Updates Delivery

How to increase bandwidth on Windows 10

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Go to Update & Security.
  3. Select Advanced options.
  4. Choose Update Delivery.
  5. Turn the lever off.

Your laptop uses your bandwidth to deliver Windows 10 updates to other users on the network. The option to deliver updates is enabled by default in all versions of Windows 10.


2. Measure your bandwidth usage with PRTG Network Monitor

How to increase bandwidth on Windows 10

Before increasing your download speed, check your connection for available bandwidth. This will give you an idea of what your ISP is promising and what will arrive at your home.

For example, with Paessler’s versatile and powerful PRTG Network Monitor software, you can monitor device availability, measure your bandwidth usage or analyze data flows.

This great tool lets you check where on the network is a bottleneck so you can troubleshoot and free up bandwidth. It also reads traffic data from your router and displays the results in an intuitive web interface.


3. Edit the setting called Limit reservable bandwidth settings

How to increase bandwidth on Windows 10

  1. Press Windows key + R.
  2. In the Run box, type gpedit.msc.
  3. Open the Local Group Policy Editor.
  4. Go to Computer Settings.
  5. Go to Administrative Templates.
  6. Double click on Network.
  7. Select QoS Package Scheduler.
  8. Choose Limit Reservable Bandwidth and open the settings.
  9. Click the On button and set the bandwidth to a lower percentage.

Windows reserves a certain amount of bandwidth for its quality of service, which includes updating Windows and other programs that constantly send feedback.

However, keep in mind that zero bandwidth allocation to QoS is expected to disrupt the upgrade process and ultimately compromise the security front.


4. Flush DNS and clear temporary files

How to increase bandwidth on Windows 10

  1. Press Win key + X to open Command Prompt.
  2. Select Command Prompt (Administrator).
  3. Type IPCONFIG /FLUSHDNS and press Enter.
  4. Close the command prompt and return to the desktop.
  5. Press Windows + R and open Run.
  6. Type %TEMP% and press Enter.
  7. Select all content and right click to delete temporary files.

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