Speed up Streaming in Windows 10

Windows 10 can cause a lot of issues, especially when it comes to streaming.

The most common issue nowadays is the lag issue users face while streaming content. Here are 4 steps on how to fix this issue.

 

Install the latest Windows updates

  1. Click start and then click on Settings.
  2. Now click on Update & security.
  3. Then click Download and install the latest updates.

Updates are released periodically because their scope is to prevent any exploits, patch the system for any networking vulnerabilities and also enhance the overall computer’s performance through the stability they bring in.

Once you’ve downloaded and installed the updates check to see if the issue still persists. If it does, head over to the next solution.

 

Update Display Drivers

  1. Press Windows Key + R on the desktop screen to open the Run command box.
  2. Now type in Devmgmt.msc and hit Enter.
  3. Expand Display adapters by clicking the arrow just before it.
  4. Now right-click it and select Update Driver Software.
  5. Restart your computer once the updates have been successfully installed.

Check to see if updating the display driver has had a positive impact on the your streaming experience. Move on to the next solution if this isn’t the case.

 

Disable windows animations in Windows 10

  1. Right-click on This PC and select Properties.
  2. Click on Advanced system settings on the left and then click the Settings button in the Performance heading.
  3. Click on the Custom button, now uncheck the Animate windows when minimizing and maximizing option.
  4. Click Apply.

Now close all windows and test the streaming speed once again. Also, there is no harm in trying out the next solution

 

Disable hardware acceleration in Windows 10

  1. Select Control Panel from the desktop.
  2. On the right-upper corner of the screen, click the View by option and select Large icons.
  3. Now click on Display.
  4. Select Change display settings from the left pane.
  5. Click the Advanced display settings link in the lower half of the screen.
  6. If the Troubleshooting tab is present in this settings window, then the Graphics Card supports hardware acceleration.
  7. Click the Troubleshooting button and move the Hardware Acceleration slider to Full.
  8. Click on OK and restart the computer.

As a method of last resort, you can decrease the video quality but this will only work if you have a slow Internet connection. Buffering issues may occur due to a poor Internet connection and / or due to the high video quality content that you are trying to watch.

 

Think of it this way, the higher the quality for the video, the larger are the packages sent through your internet cable.
For a better streaming experience we recommend a DSL connection (cable connection), because Wi-Fi can often cause continuous buffering even on an optimized PC.