10 Shit-Easy Ways to Fix Slow Internet on Windows 10

I know how you feel, it’s like… Here’s how you can fix your slow internet on Windows 10 with these 10 quick step-by-step ways (+screenshots)
Slow Internet on Windows 10

I have spent more time with this      than I ever spent time with my pug (for those of you asking who’s the gf, its the dog)

 

Sitting there whilst crossing your fingers, staring without the slightest blink with a nerve for anticipation, resting your hopes and dreams on that one endless loop…

Yeah..

You and I both have been there, needless to say we’ve always managed to brush it aside as the fault of our internet speed,  BUT

There are a few simple tweaks you can make to fix your slow internet on Windows 10 and I’ll show you step-by-step on how you can do that within a few seconds. 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

1.  Close the Peer to Peer Update Process on Your Computer

 

I actually did this when I first got my laptop which came with Windows 10, and let me say it did have a great effect on my internet speed.

 

You see, Windows sends your internet bandwidth to be shared with complete strangers that you have never met in your life.

 

The part which bugs me the most is that, they do this without no initial permission from you, and this sharing of internet is meant for seeding (you’ll know how this works if you’re a torrent user) but I’ll explain to you anyway.

 

Basically seeding is kinda like a way to help others get their Windows updates much faster but it comes at a price of your own internet.

 

I am not completely sure why Microsoft does this but it could be that they want both you and I, Windows users, to get our updates faster and stay up to date to prevent all kinds of bugs and malware from infecting the computer.

 

 

I’ll show you how you can  disable that in just a few little steps. 🙂

 

Step 1:  To start off, Click Start and then go ahead type Settings to open it.

 

 

Step 2:  Next select Update and Security

 

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Step 3:  Now click on Advanced Options

 

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Step 4:  You’re almost there! Click on Choose How Updates are Delivered.

 

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Step 5:  Finally, go ahead and turn off the On button.

 

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Now you no longer need to send your own precious internet for complete strangers around you.

 

 

 

 

 

2.  Quit your background apps

 

When you have apps running at the back like your Spotify or Skype whilst you are researching on how pigs can fly (don’t ask me why I thought of that), your internet will slow down.

 

So quit from all your background apps, and I can assure you, your internet will be much faster. 🙂
Some of the apps that take up a lot of your internet whilst it runs in the background include

 

  • Steam
  • Torrent Applications
  • Antivirus (Virus Database Update)
  • EA Origin
  • Cloud Sharing Applications

 

 

Find out which of your apps take up most of your Internet

 

Here’s how you can see which of your apps take up most of the internet and how to turn it off.

 

Step 1:  Start off by right-clicking the Windows Taskbar. Open Task Manager. (You can also search on your computer or ask cortana on Windows 10)

 

 

Step 2: Once you’re in your Task Manager’s menu, click on the Performance tab.

 

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Step 3:  Now click on Open Resource Monitor from the bottom part of the window.

 

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Step 4:  Lastly, click on the Network tab and check for all your apps or services that have a high number of send and receive requests.

The way it works is, the higher the number, then it shows that these apps or services are taking a chunk  of your internet bandwidth.

 

Slow Internet on Windows 10

 

 

 

 

Quitting your Apps

Since now you have an idea or sort of which of the apps or services that takes up most of your internet, you can now get onto disabling them.

 

Here’s how you can do that in just two little steps. 🙂

 

Step 1:  Click on Start and then select your Settings

 

 

Step 2:  Next click on Privacy, and then Background apps. Here’s where you can turn Off for the apps and services that feed off your internet.

 

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3.  Disable Windows Update

 

I’ll be honest with you, this method works like a charm.

 

“b-b-but wait jake, doesn’t this leave my computer more likely to be affected by bugs and viruses.”

 

Yeah I know what you’re saying because I asked the very question myself. 🙂

The thing is, you don’t really have to disable it altogether,  you can still manually ask it to send you notifications so that you can choose when you want to update your Windows 10.

 

 

Here’s how can adjust the Windows Update settings to your comfort. 🙂

 

Step 1:  Go to Start, look for your Control Panel

 

 

Step 2:  Head over to your Administrative Tools

 

 

Step 3:  Here’s where you can find and get to your Services. Once you’re in your Services window, scroll down to Windows Update and turn it off.

 

 

Step 4:  To turn it off, all you have to do is just right click on it, and then select Properties.

 

 

Step 5:  Now Disable it from inside your Properties, and Voila! You’ve just disabled your Windows Updates (Don’t worry 🙂  just follow these 5 simple steps and you can re-enable it back whenever you want to)

 

Slow Internet on Windows 10

 

 

 

Note from Jake

 

It is important that you keep up to date with your Windows updates whenever you can as each update brings new and better ‘stuff’ that you might like actually!

 

The thing you have to keep note is whenever you turn it back on again and when you open your Windows Update in your settings to check for the latest updates, you will find a message saying that the updates were not installed because computer was stopped.

 

It’s pretty much a piece of cake from here, just keep clicking on Retry so that all your available updates are installed and up to date. Chances are if you left it disabled for some time then it will take two or three times (or maybe more) to Check for Updates until your computer says it is up to date.

 

 

 

 

 

4.  Use CCleaner

 

You might have installed some third party software which might have promised you that it could increase your internet speed, or block all viruses and malware for free,  instead it does completely the opposite.

 

Yeah they their names could go on such as ‘Windows utilities’, ‘cleaners’ or ‘tweaks’ but it is best to not trust these programs and they’re just (what’s the word I’m looking for again…) oh yeah, CRAP.

 

A good trusted program like Piriform CCLeaner which is tried, tested and certified by both Microsoft and Norton can remove all your trash, temporary files and browser history so they don’t eat up your hard drive space.

Besides if one quarter of the world is using this to clean up their computers, so why not give that a try? 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

5.  Uninstall OneNote

 

Ever used Microsoft’s OneNote?

 

If you just said yes, you’re great!

 

If you’re like me who just minimised this page, and actually went and took a look at OneNote after 5 years being a Windows user and thinking all this time that it was a spyware that Obama and the  FBI boys is using to watch me, then you’re a paranoiac idiot.

 

It’s basically just a note taking app from Microsoft, just like Evernote or Bear and it does what it does which is collect and organize not just one note(pun intended) but all your notes.

If you are not planning to use Microsoft’s note taking app (unless if your school teacher is forcing you too), then you can uninstall it and see if it has any effect on your internet speed as some have reported that this was the main problem that caused their internet to be slow.

 

 

Here’s how you can uninstall OneNote in just a matter of seconds.

 

Step 1:  First, go to your Start and then look for PowerShell.

 

Step 2:  Next, right click on the app and then choose to Run as administrator.

 

Slow Internet on Windows 10

 

 

 

Step 3:  You will now have a new PowerShell window. Trust me it’s pretty simple 🙂 all you have to do is just copy-paste this command and hit enter.

 

Remove OneNote with a PowerShell command

Get-AppxPackage *OneNote* | Remove-AppxPackage

 

Annnd you’re done!

 

 

 

 

 

6.  Disable Windows Auto-Tuning feature

 

I know what you’re thinking,

 

“What the heck is this Windows Auto-Tuning feature?”

 

Well it is actually a feature that you can find on Windows 10 that improves your computer’s performance for your programs by receiving TCP data  (short for Transmission Control Protocol) over a network.
Think of it as a conversation that your programs are having between them, and in which they send small chunks of data with each other. That’s TCP for you. 🙂

 

So what you should do is, you are to going to want to be a dickhead and go interrupt their conversation, because with them busy talking, it takes up a lot of your internet which then leads to your slow internet on Windows 10.

The way you can do that is just simply by turning off the button for the Windows Auto-Tuning feature, which  by default is already turned on.

 

I’ll show you how you can do that. 🙂

 

Step 1:  Go ahead and press on your keyboard Windows key + X and then select Command Prompt (Admin).

 

 

Step 2:  Next, type the command netsh interface tcp show global in the window.

 

 

Step 3:  Now you are going to check for Receive Window Auto-Tuning Level and if you find that it is set to normal, then you will need to disable it.

 

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Step 4:  Finally, again type another command netsh int tcp set global autotuninglevel=disabled to disable it.

 

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There you have it! 🙂

 

 

Note from Jake

You can check to see whether this has improved your internet speed by performing an internet speed test.

If it doesn’t, then you can always re-enable Windows Auto-Tuning level back just by typing in the command  netsh int tcp set global autotuninglevel=normal in the Command Prompt (Admin).

 

 

 

 

 

7.  Disable Firewall

 

Now I have been hearing that AVG Firewall actually blocks your internet, I don’t know if that’s true, but you can always check by disabling your firewall, and seeing whether your internet gets any faster or not.

 

Step 1:  Just go ahead onto your Start and type firewall in your search to see if you have any other firewall programs on your computer turned on.

 

Try disabling and reenabling it to see whether your internet speed gets any better as this might be what’s causing a slow internet on Windows 10.

 

 

 

 

 

8.  Disabling Large Send Offload (LSO)

 

This is another one of the features that you might find on Windows 10 and again it is meant to improve your overall network performance of your system (it’s pretty similar to the Windows Auto-Tuning level feature that you just saw above), but it does come at a price.

Your LSO forces your background apps (which includes your Skype, Spotify, etc.) to use up a large amount of your internet whilst you’re doing something else on your computer.

 

I’ll show you how you can disable it (you can re-enable it anytime). 🙂

 

Step 1:  Go ahead and open Start and then right-click on your Computer

 

 

Step 2:  Next, select Properties

 

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Step 3:  Now from your Control Panel, click on Device Manager 

 

 

Step 4:  Here you will be able to see all your devices listed, but for now you will only need to expand your Network Adapters.

 

 

Step 5:  Next, look for your Network Card and then double click on that.

 

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Step 6:  You’re almost there! Now select the Advanced tab and then go ahead and select Large Send Offload V2 (IPv4).

All you have to do here is set the value to Disabled.

 

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Step 7:  Do the exact same that you just did for Large Send Offload V2 (IPv6) (that is if, it is available).

 

 

Step 8:  Click OK and you’re done! 

 

 

 

 

 

9.  Update Your Network Drivers

 

Sometimes whenever you upgrade to a new Windows, especially if you just upgraded to your new Windows 10, unwanted errors that has got to do with your drivers could now and then pop up.

 

The reason could be that your drivers are outdated, lost, or you just might have the wrong network drivers on your computer, so it’s always good to check up on this (even if you’re not having any problems).

 

A great tool you can use is Driver Talent and you don’t need to do a thing as it matches your computer to the right drivers and it downloads them automatically in just two minutes. Oh did I tell you it’s free too? 🙂

 

I have included a great guide for you to follow up on this.

 

 

 

 

 

10.  Adjust the Internet Bandwidth Settings

 

So I’m guessing none of the above methods did the trick huh?

 

It’s alright! 🙂 you still have this method to go, and if you still need any help then you can comment down below and I’ll be with you in a second or two. 😉

 

I’ll let you on a little secret…

Your Windows actually keeps away 20 percent of your Internet bandwidth just for its OS and other system-related ‘stuff’.

 

 

What does this mean?

 

Well, since you only have the remaining 80 percent for you to use, you can actually get back that 20 percent for you to use.

 

 

Here’s how you can do that in just six simple steps.  🙂

 

Step 1:  Go ahead and get the Run window up by clicking on Windows key+R key on your keyboard. (You can also search for it on your computer)

 

Step 2:  Type gpedit.msc in the search box and then press OK.

 

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Step 3:  Alright! Now you will find that the Group Policy window will come up, so what you have to do here is just click on Computer Configuration

 

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Step 4:  Next go to Administrative Templates, then Network, and lastly QoS Packet Scheduler. Once you’re here click on Limit reservable bandwidth

 

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Step 5:  Now in the new window that comes up, all you have to do is just two things. First choose Enabled and then change the Bandwidth limit (%) from 100 to 0. 

 

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Step 6:  Make sure that you Apply these new changes that you just made and then click on OK.

That’s it! 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

Gift this monster guide for your family & friends and you’ll make their day. 😀

 

 

 

 

 

79 comments
    1. Hey man,

      Yeah you were right, I’ve updated it. Thank you for pointing it out. 🙂

      Let me know if you need anything.

      1. This was awesome help and yes you can fix the no gpedit in home I have home googled and downloaded the files and now this thing is smoking great advice why windows would slug a system is beyond me

      2. Thank you a million times over Jake! I’m a network consultant, and couldn’t figure out why my smokin’ desktop was so utterly slow. I ran packet captures and found that DNS replies came back very quickly, but for some reason it took over 10 seconds to load the web page. I just KNEW it had to be a Windows thing!

        BTW, the tutorial still shows setting the QoS Packet Scheduler to 100, not 0. I’m lucky that I read the comments. Anyway, I’m beyond thrilled. Been fighting with this for months!

  1. Thank you sooooo much! You made my Windows experience so much better, why Microsoft chose to use these horrible settings in the first place is beyond me.

  2. I was halfway through the guide and the download speed started to get better and better. Thank you so much.

  3. for some reason when i typed in gpedit.msc in the window, it said that it doesn’t exist. can you please help me?

    1. Hey Johnny,

      Are you on Windows 10 Home or Pro?

      Because for some reason, Microsoft only allows gpedit.msc for users which are only on Windows 10 Pro. (I know.. it sucks)

      But hey, you can try downloading gpedit.msc yourself, but again make sure you really know what you’re doing (if anything happens it’s at your own risk).

      Keep me updated on how it goes Johnny. 🙂

  4. Hi Jake, yeah, chnge the Qos Package to 0%, that is where I think I had my problem all the time….Some stupid download I did, downloaded some other stupid download, that was probably a wifi controller and it hogged all the bandwitdh. I think that it can be undone by the QOS Packet Scheduler……but I dont have it. Point blank. I checked for other ways to open it, cause my windows changed slightly after last update to what you described here, but I were able to work around it. gpedit.msc command does not work in run, , Windows PowerShell or windows Powershell (Admistrator) I dont have Command Prompt anymore. Did they remove it? Can it only be run by some other means? I wouldreall appreciate your input. PS. Laptop download speed is full, PC runs at less than half. I have a 2meg line

  5. I didn’t know that this would work, but I was pretty desperate. Even this page was very sluggish until I was mostly finished with the list and all the sudden it was like a miracle happened. SPEED!

    I do a lot of research for school and I often have 10+ tabs open at a time and it really slows down my computer, but this should do the trick!

    Thank you so very much!

  6. Fking Jesus mate, I had already some things done, and the wifi was….fro about 3 days 50 kbps… I’ve done everything you wrote. Checked the conn…and still was a disaster. Reboot my laptop…Jesus I’m now at 15 Mbps…uhhhh you made my day. Many many many thanks. You’re the best

  7. Jesus I was in a point of throwing my notebook to the ground :)), lucky me that I found you, even if I didn’t believe that it will make my internet runing fastare (as it was). You’re awesome dude!!! Cheers

  8. Thank you..thank you..thank you, I had given up on connecting to internet after just three days of buying my notebook..even googled this page on my phone, just reconnected..works like a charm

  9. Holy crap I can’t believe these worked! For the longest time my computer speed felt like walking through sticky mud in iron boots with weights attached, and now I’m practically flying through web pages without a problem. I owe you a huge debt of gratitude, Jake. Thank you so much for posting this!

    Also, if you by any chance had any resources on how to manually update drivers, I would really appreciate that. Thanks again! 🙂

  10. THHAANNNNKKKK YOUUUUUU !!!!!
    Much love man this really helped a lot <3
    We need more people like you in this world ( wide web)

  11. I had used Windows 10 prior on this build, no problems. I do a clean install, clean drivers, everything, floating at an ungodly .5-1mb/s down speed. Half way through the guide, right back to 62-75mb/s!

    THANK YOU!

  12. Thank you!
    but I have on little problem that when I press Windows key + X I can’t find Command Prompt (Admin).
    Thanks man you’ve helped alot.

    1. you can type “command prompt” in cortana search bar. (make sure you select the admin option) or right click and select run as admin

  13. this really helped A LOT, i’ve been struggling with the shitty speed for almost 4 months! my laptop’s much better now, thank you so much jake! 😀

  14. Thank you for this awesom guide! Easy to understand and easy to do. The only problem i encountered was the gpedit.msc weren’t installed because i have the windows home edition, so i had to download it manually and install it. My browser is running so smooth now, thanks again!

    1. This isn’t as easy as I thought, I kept getting lost while trying to follow the instructions, it is complicated. But I am glad I could quit my background applications

  15. This isn’t as easy as I thought, I kept getting lost while trying to follow the instructions, it is complicated. But I am glad I could quit my background applications

  16. My internet got somewhat faster it was crawling before……Now it’s walking. Thanks So Much Juan. You made ma day. 1+ from me

  17. I’ve been trying to stream, so I needed an upload speed of at least 5 Mpbs (my internet provider promised at least 10, and I was getting an average of 3). I moved the computer, deleted a bunch of programs, disabled Cortana, updated all my drivers, did everything I could think of, with no result at all. Even going through your guide, most tips I had either already tried or didn’t work.

    Suddenly, I try #10. And boom, suddenly get 7-11 Mpbs on my network! Thank you so much. ^^

  18. Your tricks work like a charm. Thanks a lot.
    I am now enjoying my full 20 mbps speed on internet.

  19. Thanks for this list. I’ve gone through everyone except the last one as I have windows 10 home and I can’t get gpedit.msc installed on it. All these changes appear to have made no difference. On my other computer I get 150MB download on this PC I get 2MB. I’ve uninstalled every application I can think of, unistalled, virus, disabled every extension and addon, I’ve tried different browsers with nothing installed and the same result. On my Resource Monitor: Ethernet connection with any browsing I do, the usage is so low it doesn’t even register on the graph and yet, my system is dog slow. Does anyone else have this same issue after running through all these updates?

  20. Thanks m8.
    Just running through these changes. Lot to take in for a 66 year-old “newbie”. :+} So many variables. I’m having real probs with signal strength/download speed in my situation. I have a 30 foot network and power cable strung out of my window and my modem taped up to a staircase outside trying to pick up the nearest celltower. Wi-fi in New Zealand/Auckland is so funny it’s not a joke. ! Pathetic actually. Anyway, i digress. Fantastic job m8. Excellently put together, succinct. Thank you very much. I think there has been an improvement since I made your changes, it’s just extremely hard to tell because there are so many variables. I’ll run a few tests and retrace my footsteps. Thank you again for your great effort.

  21. I’m just glad there are people like you that can get straight to the point, and explain the steps quick and simple to run through. Time is of the essence today. Thank you!!!!

  22. Hello,
    I have tried all of the above. Some did not even show up on my computer.

    I have an HP Pavilion Pentium Intel Processor without windows 10.

    We just updated our internet. My husband has over 200 Mbps downloading but my computer gives me a measly 57! ☹️

    My computer is less than a year old, so I’m not sure what to do.

    Thanks!
    Mackenzie

  23. Am using a laptop computer and anytime I unplug the battery charger my wifi connection network becomes slow. please help

  24. Pls i need your help my pc is limiting the download speed to 4 Mb/s i can guess the cz the same connection is giving me 21Mb/s on allbthe other devices at my place i need to fix it Bfv is comming soon and i don t want to wait 40 h to download thx.

  25. Thank you for this article! Amazon Prime music was sucking my PC bandwidth from 25Mbs down to 3!! I was wondering why my iPad mini clocked in at 60+Mbps but my monster i7 PC with 32 GB of ram was doggin’!

  26. Just a little note/heads-up. Setting the autotuning feature to disabled actually slowed my internet down. It cut my 500Mbps connection down to 250 or so. After turning autotuning back on, my speed went back up to its usual 500. So make sure you do a speed test after applying this tweak to see if it actually has a benefit for you.

  27. Hi Jake, got a brand new 480G SSD installed with W10Pro. Have a 1Gbps fiber optic internet with BELL Canada. First I got around 850 D/L. Then I installed a display driver for a second monitor, speed went down to 400. Then I installed McAfee, speed went down to 170, then I installed a network printer, speed went down to 130 on a hardwired connection. Then I did your 10 points and speed went up only to 160. got 8Gb RAM and there is nothing else on the new SSD. Have any idea what’s going on?
    cheers Istvan

  28. Your “Get-AppxPackage *OneNote* | Remove-AppxPackage” in Step 3 is displayed like “Get -Appx…” with a space character after “Get”, which makes -Appx… look like an argument to “Get”, although it’s one word

  29. “choose how updates are delivered” is NOT an option available on Windows 10 home. It’s just not there.

  30. Made my problem worse. I tried all the methods (2 of them I couldn’t even do in the first pace), and now my internet has gone from a turtle’s pace to a snail’s pace (to be exact, 15 mbps to 3 mbps; on my phone and laptop, it’s 20+ mbps. I’m using a desktop). If anyone can help me, that would be appreciated. I’ll give some info right here:
    I am using Windows 10 on this computer: HP – 19.5″ All-In-One – AMD A4-Series – 4GB Memory – 1TB Hard Drive – HP Finish In Snow White
    (do not buy an HP computer they ALWAYS have something wrong with them)
    I used to have AT&T, now we have Suddenlink, and I’ve found out the slowness is consistent with both of them. AT&T speeds on phone and laptop were 25+ mbps, on desktop they were 15+ mbps. Suddenlink, 20+ mbps for phones and laptops, 15 and below mbps on desktop. (I got different results with different internet tests, so I don’t know how accurate the data is, but at least I used the same tester for all 4 tests; using the new tester, I found I actually have a 60+ mbps speed on my phone, 6 on desktop… the desktop speed is decreased tenfold wtf) This is just a problem with the desktop as far as I’m concerned. I haven’t tried connecting an ethernet cable, but I imagine it won’t exactly help.

    Like I said, I’ve tried all the methods here and they harmed more than they helped. I’ll reinstall all the network drivers and see if that helps. If not, I’ll just have to factory reset this entire computer. Even though it’s brand new…

  31. Absolutely Ridiculous!!! I live on a boat with horrible WiFi. To give you an idea it took 2 minutes from clicking to load your “slow internet on windows 10” before it loaded, Yep that slow…… I went through your first 9 steps and just watched a freakin YouTube video!!! Not sure which step helped Jake, but just wanted to thank you and very much appreciate your advice. Marty

  32. My internet is so slow that I want to die, none of these fixes works, when playing Roblox Arsenal the game still loads like a old windows xp computer, while my pc is windows 10.

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