Fix: High Latency/Ping in Games After Windows 10 Upgrade
Windows 10 is the latest version of Windows and although Windows 10 brought many improvements some users are experiencing issues. One of the issues that users have reported is high latency after Windows 10 upgrade, so we decided to see if there’s a way to fix this issue.
How to Solve Ping Problems With Games in Windows 10
High latency can be a big problem during your gaming sessions, and many users reported the following issues as well:
- Windows 10 ping spikes – According to users, sometimes they might experience high ping spikes. Ping spikes are somewhat common, but if they occur frequently, you might want to try using some of our solutions.
- Windows 10 high ping WiFi – Issues with latency usually occur on wireless connections. There are various factors that can affect your WiFi connection and cause high ping to occur.
- High DCP latency Windows 10 – This is a standard variation of this problem and many users reported high DCP latency on their PCs.
- Ddis.sys high latency Windows 10 – In some cases, latency problems can be caused by certain files. Many Windows 10 users reported that ddis.sys was responsible for latency issues on their PC.
- Random high ping windows 10 – High ping usually occurs for a specific reason, however many users reported high ping occurring at random intervals. This can be a big problem, but you should be able to fix it with one of our solutions.
- High ping Ethernet – High ping mostly occurs while using wireless connections, but it can also appear with wired connections as well. Many users reported ping issues even while using an Ethernet connection.
- High ping and packet loss – Another common problem that can occur with high ping is packet loss. This can be a big problem especially if you’re watching online streams or playing games online.
Before you start fixing this issue make sure that your drivers are up to date as well as your Windows 10. As for the drivers, if you’re using external WiFi or LAN card make sure that you visit the manufacturer’s website and download the latest drivers.
If you don’t have external LAN card or WiFi, make sure that your motherboard drivers are the latest. If your drivers are up to date and you’re still experiencing problems try these solutions.
Solution 1 – Change how Windows 10 delivers updates
Windows 10 downloads updates on peer to peer basis meaning that you’ll download updates from other Windows 10 users worldwide. It’s a great idea, but it can cause latency issues because you’ll be sending updates to other users, so let’s see how we can turn it off.
- Go to Settings > Update and Security.
- Go to Windows Update and click on Advanced options.
- Click on Choose how updates are delivered.
- Turn Updates from more than one place to off.
In addition to changing how Windows 10 delivers updates you can also toggle metered connection to improve your latency. If you set your connection as a metered connection you’ll prevent unwanted background download so here’s how to do it:
- Go to Settings > Network & Internet>Wi-Fi>Advanced Option.
- Find Metered connection and turn it on.
- After you’ve done it’s advisable to return it to non-metered connection after you’ve done.
Solution 2 – Use Task Manager to find which apps are using your network connection
- Start Task Manager by pressing Ctrl+Shift+Esc.
- In the list of processes click Network to sort the processes by network usage.
- Find processes that are using your network and turn them off. In addition, you can navigate to Startup tab and disable these processes from starting with Windows 10.
Solution 3 – Change your wireless network adapter settings
- Right click the wireless icon in the bottom left of Windows 10 taskbar.
- Choose Open Network and Sharing Center.
- Select Change adapter settings on the left side.
- Right click your wireless connection that is having latency issues and choose Properties.
- Click Configure.
- Next go to Advanced tab and change the following values and save your settings:
- 802.11n channel width for 2.4GHz connections to 20MHz only.
- Prefered Band to 2.4GHz.
- Roaming Aggressiveness to 1.
- Wireless mode to 802.11b/g.
Some users claim that you can also fix this problem by disabling Interrupt Moderation feature. To do that, just follow steps above to open the configuration window, locate Interrupt Moderation feature and set it to Disabled.
After changing your adapter’s configuration, the problem with latency should be resolved.
Solution 4 – Disable Wi-Fi Sense
According to users, you can fix high latency problems simply by disabling Wi-Fi Sense feature. This feature will share your network information with your contacts, and it can sometime cause latency issues. To fix this problem, you need to disable it by following these steps:
- Press Windows Key + I to open the Settings app.
- When Settings app opens, navigate to Network & Internet section.
- Go to the Wi-Fi section on the menu on the left. Now in the right pane click on Manage Wi-Fi settings.
- Disable all available options.
After doing that, Wi-Fi Sense feature will be disabled and you won’t experience latency issues anymore.
Solution 5 – Disable location tracking feature
Windows 10 comes with a location feature that can be rather useful, but sometimes this feature can cause high latency in games. To turn this feature off, you need to do the following:
- Open the Settings app and navigate to Privacy section.
- In the left pane click on Location. Now click on Change button.
- Set Location for this device to Off.
After disabling this feature, your apps won’t be able to access your location and problems with high ping in should be resolved.
Solution 6 – Check your wireless signal
In some cases you might experience problems with high latency due to your wireless signal. Several users reported that their wireless signal was too weak and that was the cause for this problem. To fix the issue, users are suggesting to move your PC closer to the router and check if that solves the issue.
If can’t move your PC closer to the router, you might want to consider purchasing a Wi-Fi extender or using an Ethernet connection instead.
Solution 7 – Use netsh command to disable Auto configuration
According to users, high latency problems in games appear due to your wireless adapter configuration. By default, your adapter will always search for nearby networks and that can influence your ping. To fix the problem, you need to turn off Auto configuration by following these steps:
- Press Windows Key + X to open Win + X menu. Now choose Command Prompt (Admin) from the menu. If Command Prompt isn’t available, you can also choose PowerShell (Admin) instead.
- When Command Prompt opens, you need to enter netsh wlan show settings. After running this command, you’ll see if Auto configuration is enabled for your network adapter.During this step you’ll also see the name of your wireless connection. Be sure to memorize it or write it down since you’ll need it for the next step.
- Now enter netsh wlan set autoconfig enabled=no interface=”Name of your Wireless Connection” command and press Enter to run it.
After running these commands, the problem should be completely resolved. Keep in mind that your PC won’t search for nearby Wi-Fi networks in the background anymore.
If you want to connect to a wireless network, you’ll need to open Command Prompt as administrator and run netsh wlan set autoconfig enabled=yes interface=”Name of your Wireless Connection“. This is an advanced workaround, but many users reported that it works for them, so you might want to try it out.
Solution 8 – Disable third-party antivirus / firewall tools
According to users, if you’re experiencing high latency in games, you might be able to fix the problem simply by disabling your antivirus or firewall. Sometimes your antivirus software can interfere with your network connection and cause this and other errors to occur. To fix the problem, you need to disable it and check if the issue still persists.
If disabling the antivirus doesn’t help, you need to remove it using its dedicated removal tool. Many antivirus companies offer removal tools for their software, so be sure to download one for your antivirus. After removing the antivirus, check if the issue still appears. If not, you might want to update your antivirus or switch to a different security solution.
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Third-party firewalls can also cause this problem, and many users reported that ZoneAlarm is the cause for this issue. After removing ZoneAlarm, the issue was completely resolved.
Solution 9 – Modify your registry
If you’re experiencing high latency in games, you might be able to fix the problem by modifying your registry. Your registry holds sensitive information and you can edit it by following these steps:
- Press Windows Key + R and enter regedit. Press Enter or click OK.
- Optional: Before making any changes to the registry, it’s advised to create a backup. To do that, click on File > Export.
Now select Export range as All and set the desired file name. Choose a safe location and click on Save.
If anything goes wrong after modifying your registry, run the file you just created to restore it to original state.
- In the left pane, navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionMultimediaSystemProfile. In the right pane, double click on NetworkThrottlingIndex DWORD.
- Enter FFFFFFFF as Value data and click on OK to save changes.
- Now navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetServicesTcpipParametersInterfaces and expand it. Now select the subkey that represents your network connection. Usually the correct subkey is the one with most information such as your IP address, gateway, etc. Right click the subkey and choose New > DWORD (32-bit) Value. Enter TCPackFreqency as the name of the DWORD. Now create another DWORD and set its name to TCPNoDelay. Set Value data for both DWORDs to 1.
- Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftMSMQ, create a new DWORD called TCPNoDelay and set its Value data to 1.
- Now expand MSMQ key and select Parameters. If Parameters key isn’t available, right click MSMQ key and choose New > Key and enter Parameters as its name. In Parameters key create a new DWORD called TCPNoDelay and set its Value data to 1.
After making these changes, the problems with high latency should be resolved.
That’s all, I hope that at least some of these solutions helped you to solve your problem with ping in Windows 10, and that you’ll have a pleasant gaming experience from now on. If you have any questions, or comments, just write them down in the comments section below.
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If you have any other problems with gaming in Windows 10, you can check out our article about solving problems with games in Windows 10. Also, since we’re talking about gaming, if you have any problems with frame rate on your computer, check out this article.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in September 2015 and has been since completely revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.
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