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How to fix high ping in Windows 10? 4 best ways explained

High ping is always a problem if you are playing online games, causing the game to lag. Low ping is the key to superior gaming performance. Ping is an echo request utility program, developed by Mike Muuss in 1993,  that measures the time taken by a data packet to travel to and fro from a device to a server. Ping tests reveal two important bits of information — whether the device is connected to a network or not, and the latency, which is the time delay in data travel.

In this article, we will explain how you can fix high ping in Windows 10.

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Best ways to fix high ping in Window 10

There are several ways using which you can fix high ping problems in Windows 10. Here, we will list four best ways to do so.

Before that, you might want to check our article on what is ping and how to analyse the ping results to get an overall idea.

So, let us continue our list with the most basic of the methods.

Using Windows Task Manager

Using this tool, you can check the apps with high network usage and then can disable it. Check out the steps given below to do it.

  • Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Windows Task Manager. Also, you can press Ctrl + Alt + Delete and then select the Task Manager.

  • Click on the Network Column to see the programs that are using more bandwidth.

  • Now, right-click on the programs that are using more bandwidth and then click on End Task.

However, a word of caution — do not close the system programs as this can cause the system to crash.

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By disabling the Windows auto-update

Disabling automatic Windows updates can result in a lower ping. If this, by-default option is on, then Windows will automatically update itself and in the process will consume the bandwidth. This will automatically result in high ping.

So, to sort this situation, you will have to turn off the auto-update feature. Follow the instructions given below to do the same.

  • Click on the Windows icon at the bottom left of the screen.
  • Search the Settings option. Alternatively, you can press Windows key + I on the keyboard to directly go to to the Settings option.
  • Now, click on Update and Security settings.

  • From the options given in the left menu, select the Delivery Optimisation option. Alternatively, you can go to Windows Update > Advanced Options > Delivery Optimisation.

  • In the Delivery optimisation window, click on Advanced options. 

  • Now, you will see two settings — Download settings and Upload settings. You will have to set both the limits to a bare minimum.

You can leave the monthly upload limit option in the Upload settings. The less you will set the limit, the more time updates will take to download.

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By setting your connection as metered

When your connection is set as metered, Windows will not automatically download the updates. It is a pretty neat trick if you want to limit the automatic download. Follow the steps given below to understand the steps.

  • Click on the Windows button at the bottom left of the screen.
  • Select the Settings option. Alternatively, you can press Windows key + I on the keyboard to directly go to to the Settings option.

  • After that, click on the Network and Internet option.

  • Now, select the Ethernet option from the left menu and then click on Ethernet. (Look at the screenshot above to get an idea).

  • Here, you will have to turn the toggle on in Set as metered connection option. By default, it is off.

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By resetting the network connection

This option will reset the network connection of Windows to the original settings. To reset the network connection, follow the instructions given below.

  • Click on the Windows button at the bottom left of the screen.
  • Select the Settings option. Alternatively, you can press Windows key + I on the keyboard to directly go to to the Settings option.

  • Go to the Network and Internet option.

  • Select the Status option from the left menu. (By default, you will be on this page).
  • Scroll down a bit and then click on the Network reset option in the last.

  • After that, click on Reset now.

You will have to restart the computer for the effects to take place.

Other than that, you can try to buy the latest networking hardware or can switch to a new service provider. Furthermore, you can try to restart the router or turn off other devices that are using the router. Also, you can switch to a higher plan or if you are playing an online game, try to play it in lower settings.

With the above steps, you can tackle the problem of high ping in Windows 10.

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