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How to speed up broadband connection on Windows XP January 18, 2007

Posted by topedgemonk in Broadband, Internet, Microsoft.
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Here is a nice trick to make your broadband connection faster on Windows XP. Microsoft reserves 20% of your available bandwidth for their own purposes. This also affects your Broadband peformance. You can get back this 20% as follows:


Click Start–>Run–>type “gpedit.msc” without the inverted commas, of course.

This opens the group policy editor. Then go to:

Local Computer Policy–>Computer Configuration–>Administrative Templates–>Network–>QOS Packet Scheduler–>

Limit Reservable Bandwidth

Double click on Limit Reservable bandwidth. It will say it is not configured, but the truth is under the ‘Explain’ tab :


“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.”

So the trick is to ENABLE reservable bandwidth, then set it to ZERO.

This will allow the system to reserve nothing, rather than the default 20%.


I dint find this out myself, found it while trawling the net for something else. I also forgot the URL where I found it. Sorry. Congrats to the man who did find out! I have a feeling he might be a disgruntled Microsoft employee;)

This worked for me.

Let me know how it works for you!