When you shell out mountains of money for your network connection, you hope it will be fast enough for your needs. Unfortunately, high costs don’t always mean high quality. To make matters worse, searching the web for ways to speed up your Windows network connection generates an endless mountain of potential fixes.
Want to save yourself a few hours that you would otherwise spend researching technical issues? We’ve put together a list of some of the top IT questions we get from readers, along with some solutions you can try for yourself. But when you’re specifically looking for ways to fix your network connection, it can be difficult to find where you started.
Even when you start to experiment with ways to fix your Windows connection, you’ll soon find yourself trying round after round, wasting hours on unnecessary solutions. Fortunately, we found a solution backed by the pros of ExpressVPN, a trusted cybersecurity app that sponsors the show. Scroll down for more details on the setting that optimizes your Windows network for better internet speeds.
Do this for lightning speed (well, almost)
Before you begin, take an internet speed test to see what you’re working with. Tap or click here for the best free website to use. This will come in handy once you make the changes we recommend below. You will notice all the little changes that will make all the difference later.
There are two easy ways to increase your speed. First of all, you can normalize the Receive Windows Auto-Tuning Level. This feature allows your operating system to constantly monitor routing conditions such as delays in your network or in your applications.
It also checks your bandwidth. Basically, it helps your operating system to configure network connections to make performance as good as possible. You’ll want to search for it and see which setting it’s enabled. It can be enabled in several modes, but you’ll want to set it to “Normal”.
How to set the Windows reception auto tuning level to Normal
Prepare to get into the weeds a bit. First, you will need to go to your Windows button and type cmd in the search bar. Select the Command Prompt which appears. Your screen will look like this:
A new window will open. Copy and paste this command: netsh int tcp show global. Hit enter and you will see your current level.
Your screen will look like the example below. Note that the auto tuning level is listed as normal. For example:
When the Windows auto-tuning level is set to normal, it means your computer is already in optimal tuning. Maybe your computer shows a different result. that can say Reception window automatic adjustment level: disabled, very restricted, limit Where experimental.
If it doesn’t say Normal, you need to change it
Fortunately, you can fix this problem in under a minute. Just copy and paste this into the command prompt: netsh int tcp set global autotuninglevel = normal. Once you hit enter, you need to close all open apps. Restart your computer to start seeing the changes.
Then you will want to adjust this other feature
The second way to increase your speed is to modify a feature called Windows scaling heuristic. It is designed to adjust data transfers, so that they are optimal for network conditions.
Once you are in the Command prompt, copy and paste netsh int tcp display heuristic in the command line. Once you press Enter, view the Windows scaling heuristic line. This will tell you whether it is on or off.
For example, mine has been disabled:
If you’re like me, and Windows scaling heuristic has been disabled, then you’re good to go. When this function is deactivated and the Receive Windows Auto-Tuning Level is set to normal, then you’re using ExpressVPN’s optimal settings.
But if your Windows scaling heuristic setting is enabled, it’s not optimal
Follow these steps to disable it:
- If the Windows scaling heuristic setting is enabled, copy netsh int tcp set heuristics disabled
- Paste it in the command prompt
- hurry Enter. Now it’s off
Restart your computer to start the changes. Now that you’ve made both settings, go back to that internet speed test from before to spot the differences.
However, you may not immediately notice any changes. Be patient and see if your system performs differently depending on the network you are using. You might see the same speeds at home, but it could be faster in the workplace, for example.