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Very Slow Download Speed

  1. #11

    Posts : 8
    windows 8

    I tried. I have followed every step outlined by SIL3NTKOD3R and I get the same thing. When I go to update the driver from the extracted folder I get the message "The best driver software for your device is already installed" and my WiFi doesn't work the same. I'll keep searching for a solution.

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  2. #12

    Hi lancastermom,
    Go to Network and sharing centre(rightclick wireless icon in taskbar), click change adapter settings, right click the WiFi and disable, reboot and see whether it helps.
    EDIT: you can also uninstall any security software temporarily.
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  3. #13

    Posts : 8
    windows 8

    No change, but thanks. I'm starting to think that the problem is not really with the WiFi, but that my download speed is somehow affected by something else.

    I say this, because: 1. My connection is fine - 5 bars
    2. I can connect to the Internet - absolutely no problems
    3. I can upload at my normal rate of .65 Mbps - so no trouble there
    4. It is only when I download anything, that I have a problem. The time remaining to download will say the 2 min or 5 min, but the actual download progress will take an an hour or more (the whole time indicating some small number of minutes remaining.

    Edit: I had no security software, other than Windows 8 Firewall, running. I have since downloaded my preferred security software and the problem persists.

    I wonder if the problem could be caused by Defender? What do you all think? Can Windows Defender be temporarily disabled to see?
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  4. #14

    Can you go to advanced power options and check the minimum Processor Power state and maximum processor state, if it is less than 100%, try change it to 100% and see. It worked for another member with similar problem.
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  5. #15

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    Posts : 650
    Windows 8.1 Pro, iOS 7.1, Elementary OS

    Internet seems slower on Eight for a lot of people... hmm? :0
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  6. #16

    Posts : 8
    windows 8

    I finally thought to contact Windows 8 Customer Service. I believe that we've identified the problem, though it seems that I'll have to live with it in the short term. Here goes: Windows 8 used generic drivers wherever Windows 8 drivers were not available. It seems that for some of us those drivers don't work perfectly. The problem should be fixed once the appropriate driver is made available.
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  7. #17

    Posts : 2
    Windows 8 Pro

    Quote Originally Posted by lancastermom View Post
    I upgraded to Windows 8 yesterday and my download speed has dropped from 6+ Mbps (under windows 7) to .25 Mbps (after the upgrade). My WiFi connection has 5 bars. All other WiFi enabled devices in this house still have a 6+ Mbps download speed. I believe that this is an upgrade issue as I did not have this problem before. Any ideas on how to fix this?
    My issue is slightly different, yet similar. I experience the problem on my wired desktop computer. At that time, all devices on my WiFi also experience the slowdown. If I reset my router, the speed returns to normal, and gradually slows down over a period of 24-48 hours.

    I feel the problem originates in Windows 8, but it obviously impacts my router, as a reset clears it up temporarily.

    I have downloaded the latest router firmware and will install it tonight. More likely, Microsoft will quietly put out an update to fix it.

    If you haven't tried resetting your router, that may help.
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  8. #18

    Posts : 8
    windows 8

    Thanks, no change for me.
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  9. #19

    Posts : 3
    Windows 8

    In my personal opinion Windows 8 is a horrible experience, with poor design that is nowhere near finished.
    Nothing works properly, it took ten minutes for the account activation email from to open my download speed is about 5% or less of what it used to be. I just upgraded to this Windows 8 piece of junk from Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit and I regret it.

    For those of you who think this OS is great, let's look at the facts:

    The new Windows 8 Internet Explorer is unresponsive, and sluggish. When I click on links it does nothing for a number of minutes then the page loads, and it's not like my connection is normally slow or anything, I have cable modem, the fastest plan, in Win 7 downloads, browsing, gaming, everything was a breeze.
    In Windows 8 my games, first example, Tribes: Ascend, does not even work, even after installing .net framework and DirectX, which normally does the trick, the launcher for the game doesn't even work properly.

    Windows 8 is $39.95 AUD via direct download > Windows 7 $199 Cheapest price I've found for Ultimate 64 Bit

    Why is Windows 8 so cheap?
    In my personal opinion they made it cheap because they know it's no good.
    I also reckon the new "Metro Menu" is a bit on the queer side.
    Anyone used the new "Store".
    From memory there was no "Store" in Win 7, personally the only Microsoft software I really need is Windows, and possibly Office.
    This new "Store" is clearly just to make Microsoft some big moneys, from app junkies.

    What do you guys think?

    Do you like the new Win 8 or do you hate it as much as I do?
    If I actually bought Win 8 on DVD instead of downloading it, I would of burnt it by now.

    P.S. When I installed Win 8 it claimed that it was creating a restore point, and it's not in the list of restore points, there are no restore points in the list actually.
    Does anyone know if the restore point is just for the installation in case it crashes or something?
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  10. #20

    My internet speed is a little faster since installing Win 8. I have Verizon fios..35/35
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