Have you recently upgraded to Windows 11, but suddenly find that your Internet speed is slow? There are a couple of factors that can cause this. It could be your provider or the connection itself, or it could be closer to home, with incorrect settings on your PC.
If you’re seeing slow speeds on your PC, you’ll need to investigate. Here are several possible solutions that you can try to fix slow internet in windows 11.
Restart your router or Internet connection
Before trying anything else, try restarting your modem or router to make sure you have a good, stable connection. If you call your internet provider’s help desk, they’ll tell you to do it anyway.
There are also some things you can check on your PC to fix a slow internet connection. Here are several troubleshooting steps you can use to get things running smoother.
Disconnect your VPN
VPN services like Private Internet Access (PIA) help protect your data and privacy. However, they send your data through multiple servers and can slow down your internet speed. This is especially a problem if it is configured to run on boot.
Turning off or disconnecting your VPN software varies, but you should make sure it’s not connected if your browsing speeds are too slow.
Disconnect and reconnect from the network
You’ll need to make sure you have a strong network connection. One way to fix a slow connection is to reconnect to it.
To disconnect and reconnect to a Wi-Fi connection, follow these steps:
- Click on the wifi icon located in the lower right corner of the taskbar.
- Click on the arrow button next to the Wi-Fi button to open Manage Wi-Fi connections.
- Next, find the network your device is connected to and click the button Disconnect.
- After it logs out, click the button Connect to reconnect to the network. Please note that you may need to re-enter the Wi-Fi password to secure the connection.
- You can also try turning Wi-Fi off and back on again. Right-click the Wi-Fi icon on the taskbar and select Network and Internet settings.
- When the section of Network and Internetturn off the Wi-Fi switch and turn it back on after a few seconds.
- After turning Wi-Fi off and back on, you’ll need to reconnect to the network.
It’s also worth noting that you can reseat the network cable connected to your PC if it’s wired.
restart your computer
If you get a connection, but it suddenly stops or slows down, try restart windows 11. There may be unnecessary processes or services running in the background. Rebooting your computer can remove them and provide a fresh start.
To reboot your PC, right-click on the button Start and select Shut down or sign out > Restart.
Set a lower bandwidth for Windows updates
The bandwidth configured for Windows Updates might be too high, causing slower speeds. In addition, the Windows Update Delivery Optimization (WUDO) feature sends updates to other computers on the network. Adjusting these settings can improve Internet speed.
To reduce the bandwidth for Windows Updates, follow these steps:
- Open Settings and click Windows Update in the menu on the left and click Advanced Options on the right.
- Then scroll down and click on the option Delivery optimization.
- In the section Delivery optimizationdisable the option Allow downloads from other computers and then click Advanced Options.
- Select absolute bandwidth and check both boxes to limit the amount of bandwidth used to download updates. Enter the values you want for downloading updates in the foreground and background.
- Alternatively, you can mark Metered Bandwidth Percentage and move the sliders to adjust the percentage of bandwidth your system uses for updates.
Disable processes that consume bandwidth
Some running processes can consume a good chunk of bandwidth, but terminating those processes can improve your internet speed.
To identify and end Windows 11 processes that are consuming unnecessary bandwidth, follow these steps:
- Use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Shift + Esc To start the Task Manager.
- When Task Manager opens, click the tab Performance and select Open resource monitor on the bottom.
- Now when the Resource Monitor opens, select the tab Net on top.
- Right-click the processes that are using a lot of bandwidth and click end process on the menu.
Stop running apps in the background
Some apps running in the background could be hogging your bandwidth.
To disable background apps in Windows 11, follow the steps below:
- Opens Start > Setting and navigate to Applications > Apps and features.
- Find the app you don’t want to run in the background, click the menu three points next to it and select Advanced Options.
- In the section Background app permissionsselect Never in the dropdown menu.
Run the Internet Connections Troubleshooter
Windows 11 has several troubleshooters that can identify and fix problems on your PC. This can help you fix internet problems including slow internet speed.
Follow the steps below to run the Internet Connections Troubleshooter:
- Click on Start > Setting and select System on the left.
- On the right, click the option Solve problems.
- In the section options, click on Other troubleshooters.
- On the next screen, click the button Run beside Internet connections.
- Follow the instructions in the troubleshooting wizard on the screen.
Change DNS server settings
The Domain Name System, or DNS, converts an IP address into an easy-to-use domain name (like beginnermind.com). However, if you are using the one assigned by your Internet service provider, it may be too slow.
Yes you change the DNS in Windows 11 to an alternative service, you can improve browsing speed and security. If you’re looking for a free DNS provider, here are three popular options:
- OpenDNS: 18.104.22.168 and 22.214.171.124
- Cloudflare DNS: 126.96.36.199 and 188.8.131.52
- Google Public DNS: 184.108.40.206 and 220.127.116.11
To change the DNS settings, follow the steps below:
- Press the keyboard shortcut Windows + R to launch the dialog Run.
- Scribe ncpa.cpl and click To accept.
- Right-click on your network adapter and select Properties on the menu.
- Select the Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IP) when the Wi-Fi Properties window appears and click the button Properties.
- Now select the option Use the following DNS server addresses and type the service you want to use, and click To accept.
Networking in Windows 11
If you are experiencing slow internet on Windows 11, one or more of the above options will help. Contact your Internet Service Provider for additional hardware troubleshooting if you’re still not getting the speeds you want. Often you will have an old modem or other equipment that the company needs to bring to your location and plug it in.