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Poor download speed on Win 8.1 compared to Win 7

  1. #1


    Posts : 2
    8.1

    Poor download speed on Win 8.1 compared to Win 7


    Hi,
    I have 2 laptop PC's.
    One is running Windows 7 the other Windows 8.1.
    If I do a speed test to speedtest.net (or any other site for that matter) I get vastly diffent speeds on the 2 PC's.

    On the Win 7 PC I get a download speed of 85Meg. (Wireless or ethernet).
    On the Win8.1 PC I get a download speed of 4Meg. (Wireless or ethernet).

    If I start the win 8 pc in safe mode with networking the speed increases to 20meg.
    Reboot and its back to 4 meg.

    I have tried lots of different suggestions that I have found whilst searching the web, but nothing works.

    The win 7 pc is a Packard Bell and the win 8 is an HP.

    I am finding this incredibly frustrating.

    Any ideas / suggestions anybody?

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  2. #2


    Posts : 2
    8.1


    Just an update folks.

    I reverted my Win 8.1 pc to win 8.

    Pre revertion speedtest.net gave 4 Meg download speed. 11Meg upload.

    Post revertion (i.e. PC now running win 8) speedtest.net gave 40 Meg download speed. 11Meg upload.

    I think this proves that 8.1 seriously affects my download speed.
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  3. #3


    Central IL
    Posts : 3,468
    Linux Mint 17.2


    Bad network driver. If it is the Microsoft Signed driver. Download the driver from the chipset manufacturer or computer manufacturer.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 13
    Windows 8.1


    Hi,
    I See Your Problem!
    One Of Your Problem's May Be That Your Wireless Card or Dongle is not fully compatible with Windows 8.1
    The Other Problem is The Location of the two PC'S! If The Windows 8.1 PC is located in the same room i see where your heading!
    The Last Problem Could Be A Bad Network Driver That Is not Signed By Microsoft

    Hoped This Helped,
    TheTechQuickie
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  5. #5


    N.Y.
    Posts : 2,214
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit


    Quote Originally Posted by broe23 View Post
    Bad network driver. If it is the Microsoft Signed driver. Download the driver from the chipset manufacturer or computer manufacturer.
    This is one good solution, also comparing two different laptops with different specs possibly. Speedtest is not always accurate every time, try few times. Try your providers speed test site too.I have Windows 8.1 never been an issue with speed i actually get more then they say they provide me with.
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  6. #6


    Central IL
    Posts : 3,468
    Linux Mint 17.2


    Same here jds63. I am actually over provisioned for the ATT U-Verse 18/1.5 package. I am set for 25/2. My Max is 54/12. That is on a Single pair on the newer card they use in the VRAD's for U-Verse.
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    N.Y.
    Posts : 2,214
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit


    Quote Originally Posted by broe23 View Post
    Same here jds63. I am actually over provisioned for the ATT U-Verse 18/1.5 package. I am set for 25/2. My Max is 54/12. That is on a Single pair on the newer card they use in the VRAD's for U-Verse.
    Good, well i am screaming at 85mbps/94mbps on fiber optics here with Verizon, some reason they up'd there upload speed equal to there download at no cost. I pay for 75mbps/75mbps. But as you see getting faster speeds,what i meant is some of the speed is due to your systems speed.
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  8. #8


    Central IL
    Posts : 3,468
    Linux Mint 17.2


    VZ along with ATT are over provisioning the customers. Comcast and others have not learned how to do that trick yet.
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    Posts : 2,214
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit


    Quote Originally Posted by broe23 View Post
    VZ along with ATT are over provisioning the customers. Comcast and others have not learned how to do that trick yet.
    Worked for CableTV , there performance differs from Phone Companies now using fiber straight to the home. As far as i recall they use nodes that supply a certain amount of people, sometimes this is what causes some slow speeds at times when many are online at peak hours. Still slower then Phone Companies like VZ and ATT. They have been using fiber optics for years CATV, but different setup. Comcast is the biggest CableTV provider in U.S. All competing.

    OP has not responded to there issue yet.
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