How to improve video streaming on your computer

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Streaming video is one of the ways people get their news and keep in touch with what's going on in the world. Slow video streaming can make the process frustrating. Speeding up the time it takes videos to buffer will allow time to watch more videos and will keep computer users from frustration. It is possible to improve buffering time easily and without harming any other systems.

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    Make sure you have enough memory to make buffer times short. If you can get rid of a few things that you don't need, that will make your memory larger. Start by looking through the task manager and deleting anything that you don't want. Getting rid of any spyware can also free up memory.

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    Close any unnecessary windows while the video is playing. If you're watching a video on Windows Media Player or a similar player, close your browser. Try to have as few programs running as possible when loading a streaming video. This is an easy solution that will immediately improve the buffering time.

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    Get DSL or an even faster connection. Dial-up Internet service is notoriously slow and can make the buffer times for streaming video much longer than they need to be. If DSL or a similar service is available in your area, try it for a month and see how much faster streaming videos load. It will likely be hard to go back to dial up once you see how quickly the buffering happens.

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    Avoid sharing a connection on a network. This can slow streaming video buffering times to a crawl. Get your own connection if at all possible and you will improve not only buffering time but the speed of your connection in general.

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