Increasing Bandwidth By 20%

Did you know that Microsoft reserves nearly 20% of your bandwidth for their own purposes like Windows Updates, sending error reports, and similar services?

Yes they do and if you want to get it back, just follow this tutorial.

Click Start then Run and type “gpedit.msc” (without quotes). This will open an inbuilt service where it will allow the user to edit the system settings. If you can’t access the editor it because you don’t have necessary administrator rights. Please login from an administrator account and try again.

Once you have accessed the group policy editor go to:

  • Local Computer Policy
  • Computer Configuration
  • Administrative Templates
  • Network
  • QOS Packet Scheduler
  • Limit Reservable Bandwidth.

Once you have reached this Double click on ‘Limit Reservable bandwidth”.

Most probably it will say it is not configured, Read the description which will appear next to the options list. It will say “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.”

Now the select ‘ENABLE’, then set the ‘Reservable bandwidth’ to ZERO. This will allow the system to reserve nothing. Or if you feel like that is not nice, or Microsoft will really need some bandwidth to collect their statistics then reduce the percentage because whatever is better rather than the default 20%. It works on Win 2000 as well.

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2 thoughts on “Increasing Bandwidth By 20%”

  1. diablodelux says:

    Tried this out… hope it works… as a heavy downloader, i really need most of my bandwidth.

  2. janukz says:

    cool tip…just tried it..

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