Boost Internet Speed In Windows XP

by on March 16, 2007
in Tips and Tricks, Windows




By default, Windows XP uses 20% of your bandwidth and stores it for its own processes like Windows Update.

But here’s a neat and clean trick to get it back. Follow the steps below to boost your Internet speed in Windows XP

  • Click Start–>Run–>type “gpedit.msc” without the “
  • This opens the group policy editor. Then go to:
  • Local Computer Policy–>Computer Configuration–>Administrative Templates–>Network–>QOS Packet Scheduler–>Limit Reservable Bandwidth
  • Double click on Limit Reservable bandwidth. It will say it is not configured, but the truth is under the ‘Explain’ tab :
  • “By default, the Packet Scheduler limits the system to 20 percent of the bandwidth of a connection, but you can use this setting to override the default.”

So the trick is to ENABLE reservable bandwidth, then set it to ZERO. This will allow the system to reserve nothing, rather than the default 20%.

Works on Windows XP Professional and 2000. Other Windows OS have not been tested.

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