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Best Solutions to Speed Up Slow Internet on Windows 11

Lowering bandwidths for downloading updates helps

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Read on to learn how to speed up a slow internet in Windows 11.

How Can I Speed Up My Internet in Windows 11?

1. Update your network drivers

Outdated network drivers may lead to communication problems between your PC and the Internet. Updating them ensures that the latest instructions are installed on your device to enhance communication between the devices, leading to smoother data transfer and potentially faster internet speeds.

  1. Press the Window + X hotkeys to open a Windows 11 shortcut menu.
  2. Select Device Manager from the Quick Link menu list.
    Open device manager to fix slow Internet Windows 11
  3. Afterward, locate and double-click Network Adapters on the device list, right-click on your Internet Network adapters, and select Update driver.
    update network driver to fix slow Internet Windows 11
  4. Choose Search automatically for drivers and allow the process to complete.
  5. It will automatically install new drivers on your computer if the Windows 11 utility identifies a new driver.

2. Close Background Applications Consuming Data

Background applications can gulp your internet bandwidth. Closing those processes frees that bandwidth up for the active foreground application. This enables the program to access more data from the internet at once, resulting in a faster and smoother experience.

  1. Press the Ctrl + Shift + Esc simultaneously to open the Task Manager.
  2. Scroll and find the Performance tab.
    Open performance tab on task manager to fix slow Internet Windows 11
  3. Select the Open Resource Monitor.
    Open resource monitor to fix slow Internet Windows 11
  4. Now find the Network tab located in the Resource Monitor window.
    Network tab on resource monitor
  5. Identify programs consuming much data, right-click on the programs, and click End process.
    End process on resource monitor

3. Adjust Download Settings for Windows Updates

Adjusting download settings limits the bandwidth Windows Update uses. This frees up internet speed for other important tasks. It can prevent Windows Update from cornering all the bandwidth and slowing down your browsing, gaming, or streaming.

  1. Press Windows + I to launch the Settings app.
  2. Select Windows Update on the left sidebar.
    Open Windows update setting to fix slow Internet Windows 11
  3. Now click on Windows Update on the right pane.
    Select Windows update option to fix slow Internet Windows 11
  4. Click Advanced options on the opened menu to open other vital options.
    Advanced options on Windows update
  5. Afterward, click on Delivery Optimization under Additional options.
    Delivery optimization option
  6. Now turn off the toggle for Allow downloads from other PCs.
    allow downloads from other pc toggle for fixing slow Internet Windows 11
  7. Next, click on Advanced options.
    Advanced options on Windows update
  8. Then check boxes for bandwidth allocation to download updates in the background and foreground in the Absolute Bandwidth options.
    bandwidth checkboxes for fixing slow Internet Windows 11
  9. Also, choose the Percentage of measured bandwidth method and set the desired setting using the slider.
    absolute bandwidth checkboxes for fixing slow Internet Windows 11
  10. Navigate down and check the two boxes under Upload settings.
  11. Use the slider now to set the intended bandwidth for Uploading Updates and Monthly Upload Limit.
    update settings checkboxes for fixing slow Internet Windows 11

4. Run Internet Troubleshooter

The internet troubleshooter on Windows 11 scans for common causes of slow internet, like incorrect settings or outdated drivers. Once identified, it tries to repair it automatically. The repair process may involve resetting your network adapter, optimizing DNS settings, or suggesting driver updates.

  1. Press Windows + I to open the Settings app and select Troubleshoot in the System tab.
    toubleshoot setting for fixing slow Internet Windows 11
  2. Afterward, select the Other troubleshooters option.
    other troubleshooters
  3. Next, click the Run button close to Internet connections to open the troubleshooter.
    internet connection troubleshooter
  4. Select the correct response when prompted to finish the troubleshooting process.

5. Check Router Range and Switch to 5 GHz Band (if applicable)

Wi-Fi routers offer two bands: 2.4 GHz for wider range and slower speeds, and 5 GHz for shorter range and faster speeds. Switching to 5 GHz when closer to the router can significantly boost your internet speed on Windows 11 by using a less congested band with more bandwidth.

  1. If you are using a wireless router, ensure that the Wi-Fi is within range of your computer. The closer your PC is to the internet, the faster the speed.
  2. When connected, confirm that the signal strength you see is at maximum. It works best that way.
  3. In addition to the standard 2.4 GHz, dual-band routers support 5 GHz bandwidth, offering a higher Internet speed. If your router is in this category, ensure you connect to the 5GHz network.

We have written a detailed guide on updating drivers on your Windows 11 devices.

Why is the Windows 11 download so slow?

There can be different reasons for the slow internet speed you are experiencing on your Windows 11 computer.

  • Background apps: Several apps running in the background consume a lot of data, leading to internet speed lag.
  • Weak Signal: A weak internet signal or low bandwidth can result in slow internet.
  • Large files: The internet speed will likely slow when you download large files. A 3GB file will download much slower than a 400MB file. Size is of the essence.
  • RAM size: Your computer memory dramatically contributes to your internet speed. The bigger the memory size, the faster the speed.
  • Windows update: You may have noticed that your internet speed became slow after a Windows 11 update. This is likely the cause of the slow speed.
  • DNS server issues: There might be problems with the DNS server, leading to the internet being slow.

Does Windows 11 cause internet problems?

Not really! However, several users report internet interruption by Windows 11 when the OS was new. The conception was that Wi-Fi connection was one of the most prevalent internet-related issues on Windows 11. Other than slow Wi-Fi speeds, users reported other errors like Unidentified Network, Limited access, or no internet access.

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