Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Free the bandwidth that Windows Vista and 7 reserve for themselves

You were bored with your slow Internet connection, right? I was too. Well, Windows, by default reserves upto 20% of your bandwidth for itself. It uses it to run Windows Update and other things (probably to not slow you down). But this means that you get a slow Internet connection in return.

My tip lets you disable this restriction and get faster web surfing/downloading/whatever speeds. It will work for all kinds of connections, until it is an Internet connection! No one is left out of this (wireless users, dial-up too probably). Windows XP users need to go here, anyway. Follow the following steps and enjoy faster Internet:

1. Open up your Registry Editor. Just click the Start orb, and type in 'regedit' in the Start Menu Search. You can use the 'Run...' box too (Windows Key + R).

2. Here, navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/Software/Policies/Microsoft. Now right-click 'Windows' under the Microsoft you came to (in the left pane) and select New -> Key.

3. Name the Key 'Psched'. Click it once.

4. Inside this key, in the right pane, right-click and select New -> DWORD (32-bit value).

5. Name that DWORD 'NonBestEffortLimit'.

6. Now, right-click the new DWORD you created and hit 'Modify...' (first option there). Now in the dialog that appears, make sure that the value of the DWORD is set to '0'. To be precise (for the newbies), make sure that the dialog looks similar to this:

Hit 'OK' and close everything down. Reboot your computer to apply the changes. See? That was so simple. Now, if everything went right, you now have no bandwidth limit enabled on your computer, no matter what connection it is. You're done. Enjoy!