How to Speed Up Slow Internet on Windows 11

Whether for work or for personal use, internet is lifeline these days, therefore, when the internet speed slows down, you are left helpless. However, the internet connection is not always the reason behind the slow network. In most cases, there could be an issue in the settings, certain apps, or due to some background processes that may lead to the slow internet speed issue.


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While the immediate solution could be to upgrade the internet plan, changing the plan may not be able to fix the issue. We have come up with a few solutions that may help you boost the internet speed, for real. Let’s see how:

 

Method 1: Change DNS Server Address

 

Step 1: Press the Win + R keys together on your keyboard to launch the Run command window.

Step 2: In the Run command search bar, type ncpa.cpl and hit Enter to open the Network Connections window.

 

Run Command Ncpa.cpl Ok

 

Step 3: Now, go to your active internet connection, right-click on it and select Properties.

 

Network Connections Active Internet Right Click Properties

 

Step 4: Next, in the Properties window, under the Networking tab, go to This connection uses the following items field.

Here, select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) from the list.

Now, click on the Properties button below.

 

 

Wifi Properties Networking Internet Protocol Version 4 Properties Min

 

Step 5: In the Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) properties window, select the radio button next to Use the following DNS server addresses option.

Now, type the below addresses in the Preferred and Alternative DNS server fields, respectively:

 

Preferred DNS server: 8. 8. 8. 8

Alternative DNS server: 8. 8. 4. 4

 

Now, press OK to save the changes and exit.

 

 

Internet Protocol Version 4 General Use The Following Dns Server Addresses Add Value Min

 

You can now check your internet connection and the speed should be faster now.

Method 2: Disable Auto-Tuning Feature Using Command Prompt

 

Step 1: Right-click on the Start menu and select Run to open Run command.

 

Start Right Click Run Min

 

Step 2: In the Run command search field, type cmd and press the Ctrl + Shift + Enter hotkeys on your keyboard to launch the elevated Command Prompt.

 

Run Command Cmd Ctrl + Shift + Enter

 

Step 3: Now, execute the below command and hit Enter:

 

netsh int tcp set global autotuninglevel=disabled

 

Command Prompt (admin) Run Command To Disable Auto Tuning Feature Enter Min

 

This will disable the Auto-Tuning feature on your Windows system and the internet should speed up.

Method 3: Disable Allow Downloads From Other PCs

 

Step 1: Right-click on Start and select Settings to open the Settings window.

 

Start Right Click Settings

 

Step 2: In the Settings window, go to the left side of the pane and click on System.

 


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Settings System

 

Step 3: Now, go to the right side of the window and click on the Windows Update link at the top right.

 

Settings System Windows Update Min

 

Step 4: In the next window, on the right side, click on Advanced options.

 

Windows Update Advanced Options

 

Step 5: Next, in the Advanced options screen, scroll down and under the Additional options section, click on Delivery Optimisation.

 

Windows Update Advanced Options Additional Options Delivery Optimisation

 

Step 6: Now, in the Delivery Optimisation screen, turn off the Allow downloads from other PCs option.

 

Delivery Optimisation Allow Downloads From Other Pcs Turn Off Min

 

Now, exit the Settings app and check if your internet speed has increased.

Method 4: Adjust the Internet Bandwidth Settings

 

Step 1: Press the Win + I shortcut keys on your keyboard to open the Settings app.

Step 2: In the Settings window, on the left side of the pane, click on System.

 

Settings System

 

Step 3: Now, navigate to the right side and select Windows Update option at the upper right side.

 

Settings System Windows Update Min

 

Step 4: Now, on the right side of the pane, click on Advanced options.

 


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Windows Update Advanced Options

 

Step 5: Next, in the advanced options window, scroll down and under the Additional options section, click on Delivery Optimisation.

 

Windows Update Advanced Options Additional Options Delivery Optimisation

 

Step 6: In the next window, scroll down and click on Advanced options.

 

Delivery Optimisation Advanced Options Min

 

Step 7: In the Advanced options page, go to the Download settings section.

Step 8: you can adjust the percentage bandwidth used by select the radio button next to – Percentage of measured bandwidth (measured against the update source).

Now, check both the boxes next to Limit how much bandwidth is used for downloading updates in the background and Limit how much bandwidth is used for downloading updates in the foreground.

Now, move the sliders to adjust the limit in terms of percentage to minimum.

 

Minimum Bandwidth Min

 

Step 9: Next, you can adjust the upload limit by select the Upload settings section.

Here, check both the boxes next to Limit how much bandwidth is used for uploading updates to other PCs on the internet and Monthly upload limit.

Now, move the sliders for both the options to set the percentage upload limit and the monthly upload limit to minimum.

 

Upload Minimum Settings Min

 

 

Once done, exit the Settings app and now your internet speed should have increased.

Method 5: Change Background App Permissions

 

Step 1: Press the Win + I keys simultaneously on your keyboard to open the Settings app.

Step 2: In the Settings app, click on Apps on the left.

 

Settings Apps

 

Step 3: Now, go to the right side of the pane and click on Apps & features.

 

Settings Apps Apps & Features

 

Step 4: In the Apps & features screen, scroll down and under the Apps list go to the app/apps one by one and click on the three vertical dots next to it.

Click on Advanced options.

 

Apps & Features App List Go To App Three Dots Advanced Options

 

Step 5: In the next window, on the right side, scroll down and go to the Background apps permissions section.

Here, under the Let this app run in background field, click on the drop-down and select Never.

 

Background Apps Permissions Let This App Run In Background Never

 

*Note – You can do this for all the apps you don’t want to run in the background.

 

Now, exit the Settings app, restart your PC and now check if this speeds up the slow internet on your Windows 11 PC.

Method 6: Disable Windows Update Service

 

Step 1: Go to Start, right-click on it and select Run from the menu.

 

Start Right Click Run Min

 

Step 2: In the Run command window that opens, type services.msc in the search bar and hit Enter to open the Service manager window.

 

Run Command Services.msc Enter

 

Step 3: In the Services window, navigate to the right side and under the Names column and look for Windows Update service.

Double-click on it to open its Properties dialogue box.

 

Services Name Windows Update Properties Min

 

Step 4: In the Windows Update Properties dialogue box, under the General tab, go to the Startup type field and select Disabled from the drop-down next to it.

Press apply and then OK to save the changes and exit.

Now, the internet speed should be up and you should be able to work normally.

 

Windows Update Properties General Startup Type Disabled

 

*Note – Once work done, restart the Windows Update service back again. Simply follow the Steps 1 through 3 and then in the Properties window, under the General tab, go to the Startup type and set it to Automatic (Delayed Start). Press Apply and then OK for the changes to be applied.

Method 7: Get Rid of OneNote Using PowerShell

 

Step 1: Press the Win + R keys together on your keyboard to open Run command.

Step 2: In the search field, type Powershell and press Ctrl + Shift + Enter shortcut keys on your keyboard to open Windows Powershell in admin mode.

 

Run Command Powershell Enter

 

Step 3: In the elevated Powershell window, run the below command and hit Enter to uninstall it from your PC:

 

Get-AppxPackage *OneNote* | Remove-AppxPackage

 

Windows Powershell (admin) Run Command To Remove Onenote Enter

 

Once done, the OneNote app is completely removed from the system. Now, the internet on your PC should speed up.

 

Method 8: Update your WiFi drivers

 

Step 1: Go to Start menu, right-click on it and select Device Manager.

 

 

Start Right Click Device Manager

 

Step 2: In the Device Manager window that opens, navigate to Network adapters and click to expand the section.

Here, right-click on your network driver/ WiFi driver and select Update driver.

 

 

Device Manager Network Adapters Select The Network Driver Right Click Update Diver Min

 

Step 3: In the Update Drivers window, click on the Search automatically for drivers option.

Windows will now look for any latest update available, and if available it will update it automatically.

 

Update Drivers Search Automatically For Updated Driver Software

 

Now, close the Device Manager window and restart your PC. The internet speed of your system must have increased.

Method 9: Disable Large Send Offload

 

Step 1: Press the Win + R keys together on your keyboard to open the Run command box.

Step 2: In the search bar, type devmgmt.msc and press OK to open the Device Manager window.

 

Run Command Devmgmt.msc Ok

 

Step 3: In the Device Manager window, click on Network adapters to expand the section.

Now, right-click on your WiFi adapter and select Properties.

 

Device Manager Network Adapters Right Click Properties

 

Step 4: In the WiFi Properties dialogue box, select the Advanced tab.

Now, go to the Property field and select the Large Send Offload v2 (IPv4) option from the list.

Next, go to the Value field and set it to Disabled.

Press OK to save the changes and exit.

 

Wifi Properties Advanced Property Large Send Offload V2 (ipv4) Value Disabled Min

 

Now, exit the Device Manager window and check if your internet is running with an increased speed.

Method 10: Close Background Programs Consuming Too Much Data

 

Step 1: Right-click on Start and select Task Manager.

 

Start Right Click Task Manager


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Step 2: In the Task Manager window, under the Processes tab, go to the Background Processes section.

Now, right-click on the apps that you don’t want running in the background and select End task.

 

Task Manager Processes Background Processes Right Task End Task

 

Once the background apps are closed, the internet speed should boost up.

Method 11: Turn Off Metered Connections

 

Step 1: Right-click on Start and select Settings from the context menu.

 

Start Right Click Settings

 

Step 2: In the Settings app that opens, click on the Network & internet option on the left.

 

Settings Network & Internet

 

Step 3: Now, go to the right side of the pane and click on WiFi.

 

Settings Network & Internet Wifi Min

 

Step 4: In the next screen, click on your WiFi properties.

 

Network & Internet Wifi Wifi Properties

 

Step 5: Next, in the WiFi properties screen, scroll down a bit and turn off the Metered connection option.

 

Wifi Properties Metered Connection Turn Off

 

Now that the Metered connection is disabled, the internet speed should increase.

Method 12: Disable Windows Defender Firewall

 

Step 1: Press the Win + R shortcut keys on your keyboard to open Run command.

Step 2: In the Run command search field, type firewall.cpl and hit Enter to open the Windows Defender Firewall window in the Control Panel.

 

Run Command Firewall.cpl Enter

 

Step 3: In the Windows Defender Firewall screen, click on Turn Windows Defender Firewall on or off.

 

Windows Defender Firewall Turn Windows Defender Firewall On Or Off

 

Step 4: It will now take you to the Customize Settings window.

Now, go to the Private network settings section and select Turn off Windows Defender Firewall.

Repeat the above step for the Public network settings.

Press OK to save the changes and exit.

 

Customise Settings Private Network Settings Turn Windows Defender Firewall On Or Off Public Network Settings Turn Windows Defender Firewall On Or Off Ok Min Min

 

Now that you have successfully disabled the Windows Defender Firewall, you must find that the internet speed on your PC has increased.

 

*Note – Once you work is done, make sure that you turn on the Windows Defender Firewall back to continue protecting your PC.

 

In addition, you can run a virus scan using a trusted 3rd party antivirus software and check if any malware is slowing down the internet speed. Alternatively, you can either use a reliable VPN to check if it boosts your internet speed, or simply switch your browser to another one and sometimes that may help increase the internet speed.

You can also try power cycling your WiFi router by turning it off for sometime and then turn it on. If this does not help boos the internet speed, contact your internet service provider and try upgrading the internet plan to check if the issue was the plan after all.

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1 thought on “How to Speed Up Slow Internet on Windows 11”

  1. Thanks a lot for this article. It worked dramatically for windows 10 pro but no development seen on windows 11 pro. Perhaps update may fix it. Anyway the infos presented here are valuable.

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