How to increase bandwidth on Windows 10 Home and Pro

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If there is one thing that we wouldn’t be able to live off when it comes to our PC is the Internet connection. The ways in which we connect our Windows PC to the internet has changed over the recent times but the network service forms the very cornerstone of PC usage.

That being said I have myself been a victim of slow Internet speeds on Windows 10 and despite troubleshooting the router end of the connections the problem failed to resolve.

Windows 10 used a bit of data across a network of computers since it used a peer-to-peer system in order to deliver the updates in a much faster way. What this means is that a part of your bandwidth is consummated by the P2P update system.

Now in order to increase the Internet speed on the Windows 10, we need to make some changes in the settings.

These methods will work on both Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro.

Steps to increase bandwidth on PC

Switch off Updates Delivery

Well, the Updates Delivery is a part of the P2P network that has been designed in the Windows 10. I have observed that my Windows 10 laptop ends up eating my bandwidth even after the update process is finished.

What happens here is that your laptop will use your bandwidth to deliver Windows 10 updates to other users on the network. The updates delivery option is switched on by default in all versions of Windows 10.

In order to Switch Off the Updates Delivery head over to Settings>Update & Security>Advanced Options>Choose how updates are delivered. See the toggle in the image above? Simply turn it off.

I have seen an increase in overall bandwidth after turning the off the Updates Delivery.

Increase Bandwidth on Windows 10 by Limiting Reservable Bandwidth Settings

While it’s certainly true that the ISP controls the bandwidth of our connections there do exist some settings in the Windows 10 that can help you achieve better speeds.

Windows is said to reserve a certain amount of bandwidth for its Quality of Service which includes Windows update and other programs that constantly send feedbacks.

The reserved bandwidth of data is available for the QoS and only the unused bandwidth will be allocated to the other programs. This setting can be changed in Windows 10 Pro be following the steps below,

  • Open the Local Group Policy Editor by pressing the Windows Key + R and type gpedit.msc in the Run command box.
  • Head over to Computer Configuration>Administrative Templates>Network>QoS Packet Scheduler>Limit reservable bandwidth> and open the settings.
  • The following message is usually displayed, “If you disable this setting or do not configure it, the system uses the default value of 80 percent of the connection.”
  • Click on the “Enabled” Radio button and set the bandwidth to a lower percentage.

However, be forewarned that allocating zero bandwidth to the QoS is expected to interfere with the update process and eventually compromise on the safety front.

Increase Bandwidth on Windows 10 by Flushing DNS and Clearing Temporary Files

Before we wrap it up, I have always found it useful to flush the DNS in order to increase the browsing speed.

The DNS flush can be performed by heading over to the Command Prompt, but before you do so ensure that you have logged in as admin.

Now follow the steps below:

  • Right Click on Windows button, Select “Command Prompt (Admin)”
  • When the context menu pops up select “Yes”
  • Once the Command Prompt is opened, type IPCONFIG/FLUSHDNS, Press Enter
  • Close the command prompt and return to the desktop.
  • In Desktop press Windows+R and open the Run command prompt.
  • Enter the following values “%TEMP%” and then press “Enter.”
  • Now select all the content and use right click to delete the same.

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