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Why is Windows 7 has slow internet?

by: Tesa Mari S. Sabao | 29 May, 2011 15:02:16

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“Why is Windows 7 has slow internet?”- is the question often asked by those who switched from Windows XP to Windows 7. How come the internet connection becomes sluggish with an upgraded operating system?

Microsoft didn’t fail in creating Windows 7. In fact, it is well designed for maximum user convenience and better performance. It is just set in default to include your computer in a network. Primarily, this new operating system is ought to maximize networking and sharing. Hence, in default settings it restraints your computer’s internet connection to share it to your default network. If you’re using your computer privately, which means you’re not sharing it with a network, here are what you can do to maximize internet connection:

Delete networking groups.  Just click Start > Control Panel > Networking and Sharing > HomeGroup > Disable HomeGroup. Then, don’t forget to connect your internet directly to the computer.

Disable Windows Update. Simply click Start. Then, type “Windows Update” to the search prompt. After opening Windows Update, look for “Change Settings” on the left pane. Now, change its setting to “Never check for updates”. This way your effort to alter the settings of your PC for private use won’t be changed by updates.

Disable Netsh Interface TCP Set Global Autotuning. Click Start and type “command prompt”. Then, right click the program command prompt. Choose “Run as administrator”. Next, type: “netsh interface tcp set global autotuning=disabled”. To check if it works, type “netsh interface tcp show global”. If you did it right, you’ll find a prompt saying “Receive Window Auto-tuning level=disbaled”.

Prefer a Static IP and DNS address. Go to Start > Control Panel > Networking and Sharing > “Your Access Type Connection (i.e. Local Area Connection)” > Properties. Then, untick unnecessary connections, leaving only TCP/IPv4. Highlight TCP/IPv4, and click Properties. Fill necessary info’s for IP address, DNS server, and others; which is attainable by typing the command prompt “ipconfig”.

You’re done! You can check your internet connection by going to Speedtest.net. Now, if all else fails, which we don’t want to happen, check your computer for viruses and malwares. This is also often the cause of slow internet connection. Call also your internet provider just to make sure the slow internet connection is not because of ISP failure.


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