Despite substantial improvements in networking technology, the internet can still be very slow and "buggy" sometimes. Fortunately, it is possible to ameliorate your internet connection speed by tweaking the network settings of your operating system. You can do this by decreasing the bandwidth limit, resetting the network sockets and optimising the connection speed of internet Explorer.
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Optimise your computer's bandwidth settings by using the Windows Group Policy Editor (GPedit). Go to the start menu and click "run". Type "gpedit.msc" and press "enter." On the left side of the screen, click on "administrative templates" and select "network." Next, click on "QoS packet scheduler" and then click on "limit reservable bandwidth." Next, change the options to "enabled" and change the bandwidth limit to zero per cent. This will increase your internet speed by 20 per cent.
Reset the Windows network sockets. An operating system uses network sockets to send information through a network. However, these network sockets can become overloaded over time. To reset the network sockets, go to "run" and type "cmd" to execute the command and prompt program. Now type "netsh winsock reset" and press "enter." To finish the task, restart your computer.
Increase the speed of internet Explorer. Open the command and prompt program, type "regsvr32 actxprxy" and press "enter." This will increase the speed of internet Explorer by about 10 per cent.
Open your default internet browser, and surf the web to test the new performance of your internet connection.
Tips and warnings
- The Group Policy Editor is available only for the professional (above home premium) versions of Windows XP, Vista and Seven.
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