Increase Video Streaming speed on Windows Media Player in Windows 10

Slow streaming of a video can kill the appeal and its viewing experience. The reasons that stops your device from taking the full advantage of the streaming videos can be many, slow working of the built-in app being one. If you are on Windows 10 the post will help you get past streaming speed problem in Windows Media Player on Windows 10.

Increase Video Streaming speed in Windows Media Player

Generally, streaming media allows the Web user to kill the time for downloading a large file before it can be played. Instead, the media is sent in a continuous stream and is played as it arrives. The compression of the video allows it to be played simultaneously. As such, depending on your choice of media player and the file’s compression rate, the time taken for the video to stream may vary.

Let’s see what we can do to stop slow streaming video and eliminate choppy PC video playback problem in Windows Media Player.

Move the cursor of the mouse to the location of Start menu of Windows 10 and click the button.

Next, type Windows Media Player in the search field to open Windows Media Player. Depending on your version of Windows, you can either find it in the list of programs on your Start Menu or search for it using the Search function.

Upon finding it, click on it to open it and maximize the Windows Media Player.

Next, click on the Organize option in the upper right corner of the screen.

Next, chose Options.

Speed up Video Streaming in Windows Media Player

From the pop-up menu for Options, click on the Performance tab.

Then, under the Network Buffering option of the Performance tab, check the bullet point for Buffer.

Increase Video Streaming speed

Now, enter a buffering rate between 1-10. Note that, higher values offer smooth streaming experience. The default is 6. Try giving a value of 7-8 and see if it makes things better.

Finally, click on Apply, and hit the OK button.

Although Microsoft recommends users to use the default buffering values for Windows Media Player, there will be situations where you would want to have them changed.

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The author Hemant Saxena is a post-graduate in bio-technology and has an immense interest in following Windows, Office and other technology developments. Quiet by nature, he is an avid Lacrosse player. Creating a System Restore Point first before installing a new software, and being careful about any third-party offers while installing freeware is recommended.

One Comment

  1. G. Fisher

    The “Organize” option is at the upper left, not the upper right.

    [“Next, click on the Organize option in the upper right corner of the screen.”]

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