How to configure “Limit Reservable Bandwidth” in Windows 10 to increase download speeds?

By default, Microsoft reserves the right to limit network bandwidth by 80% to accommodate system activities. You have the power to change this setting if you need to.

Have you heard about limit reservable bandwidth in Windows 10? In Windows 10, you speed up download speed up to 20 percent; whether you are using the internet through Ethernet or over Wi-Fi, download and upload speeds are very important to your Windows 10 PC’s overall performance. If you frequently download or upload large files through/over the internet, there is a tweak to gain more performance through any network on Windows 10.

With the default configuration of Windows 10, as part of its quality assurance package, Microsoft reserves the right to limit network bandwidth by as much as 80% to accommodate system activities such as security updates and license checks. In normal use of the internet, you may likely not even notice the slow internet, but when downloading large files, the limit may hit in and tighten your PC’s network performance.

This post will guide you to limit or disable the default setting that allows Windows 10 to reserve your network bandwidth for its own purposes. There are at least two ways through which you can tweak the limit reservable bandwidth settings in Windows 10. These are the following:-

  1. Using Group Policy Editor
  2. Via Registry Editor

How to configure the limit reservable bandwidth in Windows 10 using Group Policy Editor?

To enable or disable the limit reservable bandwidth policy in Windows 10 using Group Policy Editor, perform the following steps:-

Gentle Reminder:- Group Policy Editor is not a part of Windows 10 Home edition; if you are still using Home edition Windows 10, then first enable the gpedit.msc in your PC. Rest Windows users can continue with the following steps:-

Step 1. Press and hold the Windows logo key, and then press the R key to open the Run command box.

Step 2. Type in or paste the following in the Run dialog:-

gpedit.msc

Step 3. After typing the gpedit.msc in the Run box, hit Enter from the keyboard to launch Local Group Policy Editor.

Step 4. Navigate to the following entry in the Local Group Policy Editor using the left-hand navigation bar:-
Local Computer Policy >> Computer Configuration >> Administrative Templates >> Network >> QoS Packet Scheduler
Step 5. In the right-hand pane of the QoS Packet Scheduler, select the policy labeled Limit reservable bandwidth and double-click it to open the settings screen.
Step 6. Select the Enabled option and change the default Bandwidth limit of 80 to a smaller percentage or make it 0 if you prefer to turn it off.
One should note that selecting the Disabled option will change it back to the default, so this option will not work for you.

Step 7. Click Apply.

Step 8. Click OK.

Step 9. Reboot your computer.

Once you complete the above steps, you should notice an increase in download and upload large files over the internet.

How to configure the limit reservable bandwidth in Windows 10 using Windows Registry Editor?

Gentle Reminder: Editing the registry may damage your Windows installation; hence we recommend performing a full backup of Registry and creating a system restore point.

To configure the limit reservable bandwidth in Windows 10 using Registry Editor, perform the following recommended steps:-

Step 1. Click on the Start button/menu of Windows 10 and type regedit. Click on the Registry Editor entry, which appears in the search.

Step 2. In the Registry Editor window that opens, navigate to the following path in the left side pane:-
Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Psched
 

Step 3. On the opposite side of the Psched, double click on the NonBestEfforLimit to open its Properties.

Step 4. Select the Decimal radio button and then enter the percentage value for the bandwidth limit; under Value data, you can set between 1 to 100. If you want to turn off or disable this feature entirely, you can enter 0.

Step 5. Click OK.

Step 6. Restart your computer for the changes to take effect.

Once you complete the above steps, you should notice an increase in downloading and uploading large files over the internet.

That’s all!!!

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