How to Optimize My Internet Connection for Free

By Joanne Cichetti

A slow Internet connection can be very frustrating, especially when you’re doing an important assignment, watching streaming video or downloading software or music files. When this happens, check the settings of your computer and browser, and make some changes to optimize the speed of your Internet connection.

Utilize 20 Percent Bandwidth Reserved By Windows

Step 1

Log in to the computer as “Administrator.” You need admin privileges on the system to complete this step.

Step 2

Go to the “Start” menu, and open “Run.”

Step 3

Type “gpedit.msc” (without quotes) and click “OK.”

Step 4

Navigate to “Local Computer Policy” and expand the “Administrative Templates” branch. Then go to “Network” “QOS Packet Scheduler.”

Step 5

Double-click the limit reservable bandwidth setting. Go to the “Settings” tab and make sure that the setting is enabled.

Step 6

Change the “Bandwidth limit %” to “0”, and click “OK.”

Step 7

Go to the “Start” menu and open “My Computer.” Navigate to “My Network Connections” and click on “View Network Connections.”

Step 8

Right-click on the connection and enable QOS Packet Scheduler under “Properties.”

Tips & Warnings

  • Download SG TCP Optimizer, which is a small Windows application used for optimizing Internet connection speed. It works with broadband Internet as well as dial-up connection. You just have to download the program from its website and installed it to your system.
  • Download and install Windows Power Tools, if you don’t want to use SG TCP Optimizer. It’s a similar application that boosts the Internet connection speed. Another similar software you can try is called Tweakmaster.
  • Empty your web browser’s cache. Cache is the directory where your browser retains copies of web pages you visit. When the cache becomes too large, it consumes a lot of memory space, and consequently it will slow down the system, including your browsing speed. To empty the cache, go to “Tools” of the web browser, click “Internet Options” and go to “General” tab. Here, go to the “Temporary Internet Files” section and click “Delete Files.” All the files stored in your cache will be deleted then. Click “OK” to apply these changes.
  • The speed optimization tweak described in Step 1 works only with Windows XP.