All browsers are finicky on Windows 10. You’ll find them buggy while trying to stream YouTube. Yes, when you watch videos on YouTube, you’re using a technology called streaming. The good point is that you can watch videos online (free). And the negative point is that streaming can be less than smooth. Most often your browsers crash or hang to death. And finally you’ve to close everything and start all over again. It’s frustrating.
Remember: The higher the quality of the video you’re watching, the slower it streams. Yes, as usual: slow. And, unfortunately, there’s no quick fix for this. But we’ve a solution for you.
An easier way to speed up streaming in Windows 10 is to clean web junk and optimize internet and computer settings. You can try the Intel Software Partner, tool RegInOut System Utilities for this. Download it here: Fix Windows 10 Streaming.
Disable Bandwidth-Hogging Extensions
Browser extensions modify the behavior of your web browser. They limit your access to the Internet and ultimately slow down your streaming. All you have to do is to disable all bandwidth-hogging extensions. Here’s how:
- Click Menu.
- Select Extensions
- Select Manage Extensions (here you’ll see a list of extensions)
- Disable all unwanted extensions.
- Press Alt
- Click Tools and Add-ons (it opens up a new tab)
- Now check Extensions and Plugins
- Disable extensions and choose Never Activate option for plug-in (by right clicking on it).
For Google Chrome:
- Click Menu and select More Tools | Extensions
- Uncheck all those extensions you want to disable.
For Internet Explorer:
- Press Alt
- Click Tools, and Manage Add-Ons (it lists all add-ons)
- Disable all unwanted add-ons.
Did you know that your system caches IP addresses and DNS results? It does it to send requests to hostnames. But little DNS misconfiguration can cause a wreck havoc. It slows down your online streaming and you’ve to close everything in frustration. Flush it out. Here’s how:
- Press Windows Key + X.
- Select Command Prompt (Admin)
- Execute these commands:
- Now reboot your system.
Enable Hardware Acceleration
Windows 10 is a bulky operating system. You’ve to make your system in par with certain hardware standards: 1 GHz processor (or higher), 1 or 2GB RAM, 16GB hard drive space (free), and Directx9 or higher graphics (with WDDM driver). And with all these hardware standards you need to enable hardware acceleration feature. This feature converts video codes into ordinary language and helps improve your online streaming performance. Here’s how you can do it:
- Open Shockwave Flash Test Page
- Right click on the video. Choose Settings
- Now check the box labeled Enable hardware acceleration.
- Close it.
Decrease Video Quality
Yet another way is to decrease video quality. Remember: Video buffering may persist if you keep watching high quality videos on a slow speed Internet connection. Decrease the quality.