How to speed up upload and download speeds in Windows

For Windows 10

Wondering why network bandwidth on Windows is restricted? Want to increase bandwidth on Wi-Fi/ Ethernet? 

Yes, then you are in the right place. Here we will explain ways to improve bandwidth on Windows 10.

Fact Check – To ensure system activities like Windows update, license checking, etc work properly Microsoft limits network bandwidth to 80%. Due to this when downloading a large file, you face issues. But remember, Microsoft does this to keep your data and system safe from zero-day exploits and malicious hackers. 

However, if you want to overcome this problem and limit reservable bandwidth on Windows 10, you will need to read the post till the end. 

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Ways to Increase Ethernet and Wi-Fi Internet Speed – Windows 10

Slow internet speed for Windows 10 users is a common problem. To resolve this issue, they make changes to router settings, even change the connection but nothing helps. Do you know why this happens? 

Microsoft’s latest operating system to deliver faster Windows updates uses a bit of data due to which the bandwidth is restricted. Therefore, to increase internet bandwidth making changes to Windows settings is required. In this article, we will discuss what these changes are and how to make them increase internet bandwidth.

But, before getting into details, we suggest taking a complete backup of important files. For this, you can use Right Backup – the best multi-platform cloud backup tool. 

Disclaimer: A corrupt or invalid registry key/entry can make the system unusable, therefore before making any changes to Windows Registry or Group Policy Editor make sure you have a backup of Windows Registry and a system restore point is in place. This will help avoid any unforeseen situation that may occur due to modifying registry settings. 

Ways to Increase Bandwidth on Windows 10

Turning Off Windows Update Delivery

To deliver uninterrupted Windows updates, bandwidth is reserved due to which the problem of slow internet occurs. To resolve this, disabling Windows Update Delivery is recommended. To do so, follow the steps below:

1. Press Windows + I > Update & Security


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2. Click Advanced options in the right pane.




3. In the next window, click Delivery Optimisation > Advanced options,> under Absolute bandwidth > limit how much bandwidth is used for downloading updates in the background


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Using Group Policy Editor

For Windows 10 or Enterprise users, the most effective way to alter default settings for reservable bandwidth is through Group Policy Editor. To access it, you need to follow the steps below:

1. Press Windows + R

2. Type gpedit.msc > Ok 

3. Click the Computer Configuration option present in the left pane

4. Next head to Administrative Templates > Network > QoS Packet Scheduler


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5. Now in the right pane, select Limit Reservable Bandwidth > double-click


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Select the Enable radio button and change the default value of 80 to zero. 

Note: Selecting the Disabled radio button will not help as doing so will revert it to default. 

6. Click Apply > Ok > exit editor

Now, try to download a large file you should not face any problem and bandwidth should now be increased. 

However, if you are a Windows 10 Home user, you will need to make some changes in the Windows Registry too. To learn how to do that, follow the steps below: 

Modifying Reservable Bandwidth Settings Via Windows Registry

Alongside making changes to Group Policy Editor Windows 10 Home, users need to make some changes in Windows Registry too. To do so, follow the steps below:

1. Press Windows + R 

2. Type regedit.msc > ok 

3. Navigate to: Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Psched


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Note: If you cannot see the Psched Key, you will need to create one. For this, right-click anywhere in the left pane > from the context menu select New > Key > name it Psched. Now, select the Psched key > right-click > New > DWord (32-bit) Value > name it NonBestLimitEffort. Next, double click NonBestLimitEffort entry in the right pane and click the decimal radio button


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Change the reservable bandwidth percentage to zero. 

Click Ok > exit Registry Editor 

Doing so will remove reservable bandwidth restrictions. 

1. Flush DNS and clear temporary files

2. Open an elevated command prompt

3. Type IPCONFIG/flushdns and press Enter.

4. Exit Command Prompt 

5. Press Windows + R > type %temp% > Ok

6. Ctrl + A to select all the files and press Shift + delete

This will remove all temporary files and we hope using the steps explained above, you can increase bandwidth on Windows 10.

A piece of advice

This way, you can increase the bandwidth of both Ethernet and Wi-Fi but remember doing so will make your system vulnerable. Therefore, make these changes only when your productivity is being compromised. However, if reservable bandwidth doesn’t affect you, do not make the changes to default settings. 

In addition to this to keep your system optimize and clean, we recommend using Advanced System Optimizer, the best PC cleanup tool. This professional tool helps clean junk files, fix invalid registry entries, update drivers, recover deleted files, defrag hard disk and do a lot more.

ASO Overview


Q1. What is the limit of reservable bandwidth?

As the name implies, Limit reservable bandwidth determines the percentage of connection bandwidth that is reserved by the system for Windows updates.

Q2. How do I turn off bandwidth limits in Windows 10?

To disable the bandwidth limit in Windows 10, follow the steps below:

1. In Windows search bar type Group policy editor

2. Navigate to Local Computer Policy choose Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Network > QOS Packet Scheduler > Limit Reservable Bandwidth

3. Change the percentage to 0

To learn how to do that in detail, you can read the detailed steps explained above.

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