How to Make a Computer Buffer Faster

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How to Make a Computer Buffer Faster
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Watching videos online is convenient--you can watch on your schedule and without too many commercials. Buffering can ruin this luxury by causing the video to stutter or stop entirely. Buffering occurs when data is being sent faster than it can be processed. The time it takes a video to buffer depends on your computer's speed and the speed of your Internet connection. There are a few free ways to improve both of these.

Skill level:
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Instructions

    Speed up Your Computer

  1. 1

    Open the system configuration utility. In Windows XP, this can be done by pressing the Windows key and "R" key simultaneously. Once the run window appears, type "msconfig" into the "Open" box and press "Enter." In Windows Vista and Windows 7, simply type "msconfig" into the search bar of the start-up menu and press "Enter."

  2. 2

    Click the "Startup" in the configuration utility. Browse programs that you don't need to start up with your computer. Once you've finished, hit "Apply" then "OK." Restart your computer so that memory is freed up.

  3. 3

    Once your computer is restarted, open the Windows task manager by pressing the "CTRL," "ALT" and "DELETE" keys simultaneously.

  4. 4

    Click the "Processes" tab in the task manager and look for any programs you don't need to run. Select each individually and click "End Process" to close it. Closing programs such as instant messengers will also improve your Internet connection.

    Speed up Your Internet Connection

  1. 1

    Run anti-spyware and anti-adware software if you haven't in a while. If you don't have a spyware remover or adware remover, there are a number of free programs available, such as "Ad-Aware," "Spybot" and "Spyware Doctor."

  2. 2

    Clear your browser's cache. If you're using Firefox, you can do this by clicking the "Tools" menu at the top of any browser window and selecting "Options." Click the "Advanced" tab from the options window then select the "Network" tab. Click the "Clear Now" button, located underneath where it says "Offline Storage." In Internet Explorer, click "Tools" then "Internet Options" and click "Delete" underneath "Browsing History."

  3. 3

    Close other browser windows or tabs so that your entire Internet connection is dedicated to loading the video.

Tips and warnings

  • If you're still having problems, try watching videos at different times of day. The amount of traffic the streaming website is getting may also affect buffering time.
  • When the controls for the video first show up, click "Pause" immediately and wait for the video to load awhile before watching it.

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