Increase Video Streaming Speed in Windows Media Player

Posted December 2, 2015 by Leomar Umpad in Apps, Internet, Windows

Windows users can stream online videos using the built-in Windows Media Player application. You can ensure that the streaming speed is as fast as possible by adjusting the buffer settings. The video buffering process collects and stores the video stream and stores it in the phone’s memory. A lower network buffering rate may cause the video to lag, especially if you have an erratic internet connection. Increase the buffering speed to increase the video streaming speed on your Windows PC.

How to Change the Buffering Rate to Increase Video Streaming Speed in Windows

1.Click on the Start button located on the lower-left part of your computer’s screen.Windows 10 Start
2.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.Windows 10 Media Player
3.Maximize Windows Media Player.Windows 10 Media Player - Maximize Button
4.Click on the Organize option on the upper part of the screen.Windows 10 Media Player - Organize Menu
5.From Organize, tap on Options.Windows 10 Media Player - Organize Menu - Option
6.On the pop-up menu for Options, click on the Performance tab.Windows 10 Media Player - Organize Menu - Option - Performance
7.Under the Network Buffering option on the Performance tab, click on the bullet point for Buffer.Windows 10 Media Player - Organize Menu - Option - Performance - Buffer
8.Enter a buffering rate between 1-10. Higher values allows your streaming to be smoother, though it may take longer for your videos to start playing.Windows 10 Media Player - Organize Menu - Option - Performance - Buffer Rate
9.Click on Apply, and then click on OK. You are done.Windows 10 Media Player - Organize Menu - Option - Performance - OK

Though it is recommended that you use the default buffering values for Windows Media Player, there will be situations where you want to have it lower or higher. Each difference in value equals a difference in the streaming experience, depending on your internet speed and connection stability.

Do you have experience with tweaking the values for the buffer rates to increase video streaming speed in your Windows Media Player? How did it go? Do you have any questions with the steps outlined in this article? Let us know in the comments section.


About Leomar Umpad

A supply chain operations manager by profession. A technology-lover and a writer by heart. I have the passion to teach and inform.
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