How to Increase Bandwidth for XP Home

Written by darla ferrara
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The amount of data communication resources available on your computer constitutes your bandwidth. Windows XP, when installed, automatically reserves 20 per cent of your available bandwidth for itself. This provides Microsoft a resource for security updates and other types of downloads. You can manually adjust that percentage to increase available bandwidth for your own purposes. This provides more bandwidth your purposes, such as downloading. Increasing the bandwidth on your computer is a straightforward process that anyone can do.

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  1. 1

    Click on the "Start" button located at the bottom of your screen.

  2. 2

    Select "Run" to open the command text box.

  3. 3

    Move to the text box and type "gpedit.msc." This will open the group policy page.

  4. 4

    Navigate to "Administrative Template" under "Computer Configuration," located on the left side of the screen. Click on the "+" sign to open the menu.

  5. 5

    Select the "+" sign next to network.

  6. 6

    Choose "QOS Packet Scheduler" from the network menu.

  7. 7

    Move to the right side of the screen. Double-click on "Limit reservable bandwidth."

  8. 8

    Click on the "enable" radio button in the properties dialogue box.

  9. 9

    Navigate to "Bandwidth limit" click on the down arrow key to reduce this number to five per cent.

  10. 10

    Click on the "OK" button. Available bandwidth is increased by 15 per cent.

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