Slow connection in Windows 10: solutions

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The reasons why we can run into a slow connection in Windows 10 are different; in general, if we want to exclude problems with the line or the router, this happens because some components of the operating system download or upload data without us realizing it.


An example can be updates: by default Windows 10 downloads them as soon as they are made available and without the possibility of blocking them, with the direct result that the connection becomes slow not only in Windows 10 but also in all other devices connected to the net.


In the guide below we will see some solutions to the most known problems that cause slow connection in Windows 10: first, however, let's try to understand if the problem is really Windows 10!

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Find out if the problem is Windows 10

We encounter slowness problems using Windows 10 and we suspect that our device is the cause of the problem. But how do we realize this?


Some routers, for example, allow you to view the band used by the various connected devices; if our router supports this we will be able to immediately realize the device causing problems: just enter the router and see who uses the most network. If it's our Windows 10 device, then we can move on to the next chapter.

Unfortunately not all routers support viewing the bandwidth used by connected devices; in this case we can cut the head to the bull and understand if the problem of the slow connection in Windows 10 is precisely the operating system in a very simple way.

It will be enough for us shut down your Windows 10 device and try our network with another device: if we notice that this has returned fast then the problem is Windows 10 and we can move on to the next chapter.

If, on the other hand, the problem is not Windows 10 and the network remains slow even after turning off the device, we advise you to read the chapter "Isn't the problem Windows 10?" of this guide, which we will find at the end.

Slow connection in Windows 10: solutions

Downloading updates

One of the things that has most angered Windows 10 users is definitely the inability to avoid downloading updates, at least in Windows 10 Home. And this is the main cause of slow connection in Windows 10: often the update packages are big and downloading them can saturate the network, especially if more Windows 10 devices are connected to our router.


So how to do it? If we have Windows 10 Pro we can delay feature updates (but not those for security like Defender's definitions, for example) by going to Settings> Update and security> Windows Update and putting the check mark on “Delay feature updates”. If we have Windows 10 Enterprise or Educational, we can switch to the CBB or LTSB branch to delay the download of updates.


If, on the other hand, we have Windows 10 Home, the only way to block the download of updates is set up the metered connection as illustrated in our dedicated guide.

By doing so, however, not even the apps and programs in the background will download data, so we will not receive notifications, updates and so on unless we manually open the programs in question.

Sharing updates

By default, Windows 10 is configured to "distribute" parts of updates, once downloaded, to other computers or devices on the network or even acts as a node for other Windows 10 PCs scattered over the Internet. This could be a problem with big updates and congesting the network, causing slow connection in Windows 10.

To disable the sharing feature, go to Settings> Update and security> Windows Update. Let's now click on Advanced options, Then Choose how updates are delivered.

Let's put on Disabled the switch that appears in the new panel.

Telemetry and information

Also by default, Windows 10 sends information to the server about various aspects of the operating system and how the user is used. Minimizing the exchange of such information can help resolve slow connection issues in Windows 10.


Doing it is not difficult: let's go to Settings> Privacy and click on Feedback and diagnostics.

We put on "Never" the drop down in correspondence of the feedback request and on Basic the one in correspondence of the diagnostic data.

Le app in background

Windows 10 apps that run in the background could also download or load a lot of data and saturate the bandwidth, thus causing slow connection in Windows 10. We can limit the background apps to run by going to Settings> Privacy> Background apps and disable the ones we don't want to run, unless they are opened manually.


Alternatively, we can set the consumption connection in order to prevent the download of data, updates and so on (in this way, however, even the apps and programs that receive notifications, for example Telegram or WhatsApp, will not receive any if not manually opened. ).

Use QoS and other methods to limit the bandwidth

If we do not want to disable updates or limit the amount of data that Windows 10 exchanges with the server or if, simply, not even by doing so we have solved the problem, we can limit the network bandwidth on our device using a series of tricks.

Let's cite the example of QoS, which stands for Quality Of Service: by acting on these settings, we can limit the bandwidth used by a computer or device. This means that we will "limit" the bandwidth used by Windows 10, on the other hand, however, we will no longer have a slow connection on other devices.

We can limit the bandwidth using one of the methods shown in our previous guide.

Isn't the problem Windows 10?

If after shutting down Windows 10, after noting that it is not the system that steals bandwidth or after applying all the available solutions, we still find ourselves with a slow connection, then in all likelihood the problem is not Windows 10.

If our connection is particularly slow, we can use our dedicated guide to discover and solve the various problems that may have occurred.

Similarly, if the WiFi connection even stops working, we can use the guide dedicated to the problems that may occur and the solutions to be applied to solve them.

Finally, if we suspect that the problem is the weakness of the WiFi signal, we can use the tricks illustrated in our dedicated guide to enhance it.

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