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Seem to have fixed my Windows Vista Network Performance Woes!

Posted by Vivek Agarwal on September 14, 2007


I just had a quick update on my Windows Vista issues in general, and my network performance in particular. As I had written earlier, since getting my new Vista laptop, I had experienced slow network performance compared to Windows XP computers with the same ISP connection. I had turned off auto-tuning by executing netsh interface tcp set global autotuninglevel=disable on a command prompt run with administrator access. This had helped, but not all the way. I was still experiencing occasional issues with using network shares at work.

Well – I tried turning off Remote Differential Compression based on some reading that I had done. However that was to no avail. Then I went ahead and downloaded a Vista hotfix – http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/931770. The hotfix describes symptoms on a Windows Vista-based computer, wherein when you try to copy files from a server on a network, the copy process may stop responding (hang), and you may receive a message that resembles the following:

Calculating Time Remaining

0 minutes remaining

Well, this was very similar to what I was experiencing – so I went ahead and applied this fix. And voila, my performance went up dramatically – I started getting about 4-5x the performance accessing the LAN file shares.

Also conincidentally, just before I applied the fix, I was trying to burn a DVD using the Vista built-in DVD Burn utility and was it slow! 😦 Applying the 931770 hotfix seemed to improve the speed of burning a DVD as well. Of course, I don’t recommend that anybody else suffer through using the Windows Vista built-in burn utility – I switched to Nero myself!

Hopefully this is the last of my network performance issues on Vista!

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One Response to “Seem to have fixed my Windows Vista Network Performance Woes!”

  1. My pc a dell wireless laptop that I have had for 3 weeks is CONSTANLY shutting down. popsup error connection to broadband and internet explorer is having problems and they will notify me??? like when I m dead? 100 time this happened yesterday. normally 80 times a day and thats just in 2 hours. is this common? I am new to pc and this has been a total nightmare. do I have to have them as my ??? my internet provider is windstream in nebraska. And BOY OH BOY did they lie to.

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