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Fix Slow File Transfer Speeds in Windows 11: Top 11 Fixes

Comprehensive guide on how to fix slow file transfer on Windows 11

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As a Windows 11 user, there is nothing more frustrating than having a slow file transfer speed. Like you, many other users have complained about enduring painfully slow file transfer, which can be annoying and prevent you from being productive.

If you are reading this guide, you are in luck, as this post will uncover various ways to fix slow file transfer on your Windows 11 device, boosting your productivity and ensuring a smooth user experience.

What Do I Do if I Experience Slow File Transfer in Windows 11

1. Restart Your PC

This is probably the most basic solution available, however, this step has proven to be quite effective as it can help to clear cluttered RAM, resolve minor glitches, clear temporary files and cache, and apply updates and patches. So, before trying any other advanced step, we recommend doing this first.

2. Check for Malware

If restarting your device does not fix the error, the next thing to do is to scan your device for malware. We recommend using a third-party program, as these software carry out a more in-depth scan usually overlooked by the built-in anti-virus tool.

If you need suggestions on the best malware programs available, we recommend checking out this article about the best free antivirus programs on the market.

3. Close the Unused Applications

This problem can also arise when multiple apps open in the foreground and background. At this point, the system resources are occupied taking care of other operating apps, so the performance decreases when you attempt to make a file transfer. Follow the steps below to close any unused app.

  1. Open the Task Manager by pressing Ctrl + Shift + Alt simultaneously.
  2. Navigate to the Processes tab, and pick the application you want to end.
  3. Right-click on it and choose End Task.
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4. Turn off Windows Auto-Tuning

Although the goal of Windows auto-tuning is to maximize network performance, it has the potential to misread specific network setups and slow down file transfers rather than accelerate them. Turning this switch off will relieve your network from its artificial slowness and allow your transfers to proceed as usual.

By following the steps outlined below, you can disable the Windows auto-tuning feature.

  1. Hold Windows + R to open the Run dialogue, input cmd in the text field, then press Ctrl + Shift + Enter to open the command prompt as an administrator.
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  2. Once in the command prompt, input the command below and hit Enter.
    netsh int tcp set global autotuninglevel=disabled
  3. After running this command, check to see if your speed is normal. If it is still slow, input the next command below.
    netsh int tcp set global autotuninglevel=normal
  4. After running this second command, verify if the speed has improved.

5. Modify the Limit Reservable Bandwidth

File transfers may be slowed down by Windows 11’s reserve of some of your internet bandwidth for system functions. You can recover this reserved bandwidth and increase your upload and download speeds by adjusting the Limit reservable bandwidth setting. This can greatly improve your file transfer performance and eliminate slow transfers. See the steps below to learn how to do this.

  1. Press Windows + R to open the Run dialogue, then input gpedit.msc in the text field to open the Group Policy Editor.
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  2. Navigate to the following path Computer ConfigurationAdministrative TemplatesNetworkQoS Packet Scheduler.
  3. In the QoS Packet Scheduler option, double-click on Limit reservable bandwidth.
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  4. In the next window, click the radio button for Enabled, then you can reduce the Bandwidth limit to a smaller percentage or even to zero.
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  5. Finally, check to see if this step helps to fix the slow file transfer on your Windows 11 device.

6. Update the USB Drivers

Another reason you could be having slow file transfer on your Windows 11 device is that your USB drivers are outdated or faulty. These outdated drivers can significantly slow down file transfer because they do not have the necessary patches. Updating these drivers is usually the best step in situations like this.

  1. Hold Windows + X, and select Device Manager.
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  2. Look for the Universal Serial Bus controllers option, right-click on them one after the other, and choose Update driver.
  3. In the next window, choose Search automatically for drivers, and allow the process to run.
  4. Once the process is complete, check whether the file transfer speed has improved.

7. Disable Remote Differential Compression (RDC)

Remote differential compression is a tool that helps to conserve bandwidth by compressing files before delivering them over the network. However, it may increase processing overhead on your personal computer, slowing down local transfers across disks or folders. Disabling this feature can help resolve this problem.

  1. Press Windows + S to open the Search bar, input Turn Windows features on or off in the text field and open the required result.
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  2. Uncheck the box for Remote Differential Compression API support, and click OK.
  3. Reboot your device to implement the changes, then check if the file speed has improved.

8. Turn off Drive Indexing

Windows 11 continuously indexes your files for quick searching, but this background operation might use up system resources and cause other processes, including file transfers, to lag. Disk I/O and other system resources are freed when drive indexing is disabled, facilitating faster file transfers and better data flow across drives. Remember that while searching will take a little longer, the quick transfers may make the trade-off worthwhile.

  1. Right-click on the drive you want to perform file transfer and choose Properties.
  2. Navigate to the General tab, uncheck the Allow files on this drive to have contents indexed in addition to file properties option, then click OK.
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  3. Reboot your PC and check if this step helps fix the problem.

9. Change Format From FAT32 to NTFs

It is well known that FAT32 transfers files slowly. You can adjust the file format system to NTFS to make up for it. The command prompt is where you may make the modifications. Make a backup of the drive whose file format you intend to modify before attempting this procedure.

All current data will be formatted and permanently deleted if the file format is changed. Therefore, it will be best to have a backup to retrieve your data easily. Follow the steps below to change your file format.

  1. Hold Windows + R to open the Run dialogue, input cmd in the text field, then press Ctrl + Shift + Enter to open the command prompt as an administrator.
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  2. Input the command below, and hit Enter. Remember to replace Drive name with the actual name of the drive you want to format.
    convert DRIVE NAME:/fs:ntfs
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  3. Allow the process to run till you see a Conversion complete message. Once you get this message, restart your computer and check if the issue has been fixed.

10. Run the SFC Scan

You could be facing this problem due to damaged or corrupted system files. These files can drastically slow down transfer speed. Repairing them using the SFC scan usually helps to resolve the problem. Follow the steps below to do this.

  1. Hold Windows + R to open the Run dialogue, input cmd in the text field, then press Ctrl + Shift + Enter to open the command prompt as an administrator.
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  2. Once you are in the command prompt, input the command below and hit Enter.
    sfc/scannow
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  3. Allow the process to finish, then check to see if the error has been fixed.

11. Perform a Clean Boot

In Windows 11, a clean boot is a transient diagnostic state that starts your computer with the most basic drivers and services installed. This stops unnecessary program interference and enables you to identify malicious software that uses up resources and stutters through file transfers. Follow the files below to do this.

  1. Press Windows + R to open the Run dialogue, input msconfig in the text field, and then hit Enter.
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  2. Navigate to the Services tab at the top, click the checkbox for Hide All Microsoft Services, then choose Disable All.
  3. Next, navigate to the Startup tab, then click the Open Task Manager link.
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  4. On the next page, right-click on any third-party app, and choose End task.
  5. Repeat the step above to remove any other third-party app of your choice.
  6. Once you are done, reboot your device and see if the error has been fixed.

Closing Remark

By following the steps outlined in this guide, you can quickly fix slow file transfer on your Windows 11 device. If you have further questions, contact us via the comment section below.

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