If you are still using Windows Vista which came with your laptop or desktop, then these following steps would be helpful to fix slow network in Vista. In fact, Windows Vista came up with few new technologies in networking to speed up the network connectivity, but that did not work with most of the older systems. You may be experiencing slowness in accessing network shared files and folders and transferring data over the network. Also, slowness in DNS query is another fact which may slow down Vista network communication. The communication between DNS server and your Vista computer would be slow, that will cause slow internet and file server access.
The main reason for these issues is the new network technology Microsoft introduced in Vista. It is not a common problem for all of the vista computers, because if your computer is having up-to-date Windows updates, then it would work fine. Also, if the other servers and client computers in your network are having the latest Operating Systems such as Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and 10 or server Operating Systems Windows 2008, 2012 R2, then you may not feel anything slow in the network.
Solution- How to Make Windows Vista Network Faster and Better?
There are a lot of articles, patches and difficult workarounds available on the internet to solve these type of network slowness issue in vista, but before try them, follow the below methods which worked greatly for our environment. I’m sure this method will bring back good network speed in Vista.
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1) Open command prompt as Administrator ( Right Click and select Run as Administrator),
Netsh interface tcp set global autotuning=disabled
This will disable the autotuning function in vista TCP/IP networking, which will solve the main network slowness issue in Windows vista.
3) To see the result of the command, you can type,
Netsh interface tcp show global
As shown above, Auto-Tuning Level should be ‘disabled’.
4) Use one more command as administrator,
Netsh interface tcp set global rss=disabled
By using above two commands (autotuning and rss), you can solve some of the network issues in Vista.
To bring back these two network settings to default, type following commands,
Netsh interface tcp set global rss=enabled
Netsh interface tcp set global autotuning=normal
5) There are some more steps you can follow to make Windows Vista network faster further. Those steps had been mentioned in another guide here you can click here to visit additional steps.
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