Saturday, June 9, 2007

Speed up your bandwidth by 20 percent

Windows uses 20% of your bandwidth Here's how to Get it back

A nice little tweak for XP. Microsoft reserve 20% of your available bandwidth for their own purposes (suspect for updates and interrogating your machine etc..)

Here's how to get it back:

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%.

Tested on XP Pro, and 2000
other o/s not tested.

Please give me feedback about your results or post a comment if this was helpful


Foxfire said...

I have Windows XP and when I type in gpedit.msc I get an error that says the file cannot be found.

Adarsh said...

If you are using window XP Home,
you will get this error file cannot be found because it is not included with this edition.

With window XP Pro, it works fine.

However, if you are using the home edition, you can always try to install the group policy editor (gpedit.msc). Just google how to do it.