Ways to Increase Internet Speed: Windows 7, Vista, XP
I’ve already written two posts on methods to increase the Firefox browser performance and optimize Windows performance. In this post, I’ll tell you ways to increase your Internet speed and performance in addition to the above tips.
Note: You cannot increase internet download speed better than the speed provided by your ISP, but you can achieve the best optimization and full speed provided by your ISP.
Some software which increase internet speed:
1. SC TCP Optimizer 2.0.3: This is a small software of size of 596K download size and works on Operating systems, like Windows 95/98/Me/2000/XP/NT. The software is freeware or free to download and use it. I tested it on Windows 7 and I didn’t have any problems. According to CNET review,
The SG TCP Optimizer provides an intuitive interface for tuning and optimizing your Internet connection. The tool helps easily find the best MTU and RWIN values, test latency, and tweak all the significant broadband related registry parameters. The Optimizer supports tuning any Internet connection type, from Dialup, Cable, Satellite, and DSL to commercial-leased lines. It creates automatic backup of all parameters, for easy reversal of the changes as well. Version 2.0.3 is a bug fixing release.
There is nothing to install for this software. Just run the software and you will be presented with the left side fig. In the window, you select the “Connection speed” ( select your ISP speed in kbps ie. in bits/sec, not your download speed i.e kBps i.e in bytes/sec). For me it was 384 kbps. Now select the “Optimal settings” radio button and click “Apply Changes” button. Reboot and enjoy! You have some other settings, which are for advanced users.
This will set your “MTU”, “TCP Receive Window” etc and other parameters, best suited for your connection speed. This software can increase speed of internet connection.
How to Increase Internet Speed on Windows 7?
2. Using Group Policy Editor in Windows: Select Windows + R, where you will get your Run window. In that type “gpedit.msc”. You will be shown “Local Group Policy Editor” window. In that select Computer Configuration –>Administrative Templates –> Network –> QoS Packet Scheduler. Double click “Qos Packet Scheduler”. You will be presented with the following window.
In this window, select “Enabled” and set the “Bandwidth limit” to 0 (zero)
This will boost your internet speed a little and also increase internet connection speed. Select “Ok” and close the “Local Group Policy Editor”. If required re-boot.
This tweak will not only increase internet speed in windows 7 but should also work on Vista and XP. The procedure to reach the above settings may little vary.
3. Internet Download Manger 5.19 build 2: This is a download manager, where you can optimize your download speeds and get full ISP speed when you download from any normal websites. Though the download size is ony 3.05 MB, but it is still a shareware i.e it is only free trial for 30 days , afterwards which you have to buy. It works on all Windows OS. You just have to download and install. Then, when you download anything from Internet Explorer, Firefox etc, your downloads are automatically taken over by this software.
In the Downloads –> Options, you are presented options to do advanced browser integration. You can integrate this software with many browsers like IE, Firefox, Mozilla, Chrome, Opera etc. But I found that it easily and mainly works with IE and Firefox. It didn’t work for me in Chrome and Opera.
Update: Now the IDM has reached version 6.07 build 16 and supports Chrome and other browsers to increase internet speed free. This also works on Windows 7, Vista and XP.
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