How to Fix Buffering Problems With Windows Vista

Updated April 17, 2017

Buffering is a common problem while watching online videos or video streams on a Windows Vista computer. Buffering typically occurs when your network connection becomes slow. It may also occur when there is exceptionally high traffic watching a single piece of video. Regardless of the cause, you can follow certain troubleshooting techniques to resolve buffering problems.

Clear your Windows Vista browser cache and cookies. Click the "Start" menu and choose "Control Panel." Click the link that says "Classic view" in the left pane. Double-click "Internet Options." Click the "General" tab. Click the "Delete..." button under "Browsing History." Check "Temporary Internet Files" and "Cookies." Click the "Delete" button.

Pause the video to eliminate buffering. Wait until the red loading bar beneath the video player loads completely to the end of the player. Try playing the video again once the video has fully loaded.

Restart the modem and/or router that is connected to your Windows Vista computer. Sometimes a simple restart can give a boost to your Internet connection and eliminate buffering problems in the process.

Upgrade the network connection on your Windows Vista computer. If you use dial-up, consider upgrading to DSL or broadband connection. A slow Internet connection will make your video clips buffer from time to time.

Update your Adobe Flash Player. Navigate to the Adobe website and download the latest version.

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Suvro Banerji is a recent graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism where he earned a dual degree in broadcast news and political science. He began writing professionally in 2005 at KOMU-8 News (NBC) where he worked as a multimedia producer. Banerji has also interned with CNN for two consecutive years.