MakeTechEasier: 4 Tweaks to Speed Up Your Browser

4 tweaks to speed up your browser

By MakeTechEasier.com

4 Tweaks to Speed Up Your Browser

There are hundreds of articles online covering various methods to speed up your web browsing experience. This article covers a few lesser-known tweaks which will improve your browser performance in Windows 7, and should be applicable to Firefox, Google Chrome and Internet Exploler.

Retrieve your bandwidth

For XP, Vista and Windows 7, the QoS Reserve Bandwidths limit is enabled by default to 20% ‘reserve’ of your available bandwidths in order to assist certain applications like Windows Update. Changing the limit to reserve a lower percentage of bandwidth will effectively speed up your internet performance. To reduce your reserved bandwidth limit in Windows 7, you need to do the following:

Click the Start button and type “regedit” and hit enter. In the registry editor, browse to:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft

Right-click on Windows and create a new key called “Psched”.

browser tweaks

Then right click on the new key you just created and create a new “DWORD” entry. Name it “NonBestEffortLimit” and set the value to zero to disable reserve bandwidth.

More tweaks here.

This excerpt is shared with permission from maketecheasier.com.

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6 thoughts on “MakeTechEasier: 4 Tweaks to Speed Up Your Browser

  1. PCPitstop should be embarrassed to have this on their site. The QOS bandwidth ‘tweak’ has been around since the XP days and has been debunked for just as long.

    The standard of articles on here is getting ridiculous, factually inaccurate (or flat out wrong), poorly written or barely helpful and this is the perfect example.

  2. Could it be that PC Matic dose this anyway?
    I followed the instructions until ‘Can’t rename folder, Psched already exists’.

    So I deleted the new folder and checked the contents of my existing Psched folder and all entries were as described.

    I still sometimes have to wait ages for Chrome to open my home page (Google.co.uk), it’s usually quicker to exit Chrome and start again.

  3. Sounds great (though I’m afraid to go so deep into my computer’s entrails) lol! But I wonder, if we suppress the 20% reserve which is used to assist Windows Updates, etc., will those functions not be affected by using up that reserve? Thanks.

  4. I tried them and my laptop could not even start, now is running slower than a 3 legged turtle, going to restore to where it was yesterday, Windows fix to start deleted all the files on the “Psched” folder.

  5. I had some slow loading, timing-out issues that had just developed in the past 3 days. Nothing seemed to help till I got these easy to follow tweaks. Now it’s greased lightning. Thanks!

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