How to Increase Streaming Video Speed in Windows 7

by Diana Braun

Users of Windows 7 can stream video using the built-in Windows Media Player application. To ensure the streaming speed is as fast possible, adjust the buffer settings. The buffer collects and stores the video stream and stores it in memory. A slow buffer may cause the video to lag. Increase the buffer speed to increase the video speed in Windows 7.


Click “Start” then “All Programs.” Click “Windows Media Player” from All Programs.


Click “Tools” and “Options” from the Windows Media Player menu.


Click the “Performance” tab from the Options window.


Select “Buffer” under Network Buffering.


Type “1” in the buffer speed next to “seconds of content.”


Click “Apply” and “OK.”

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Diana Braun began her writing career as a consultant and technical writer for a software company focusing on how-to, training, white paper, and internal process documentation. After two years, Braun left to pursue her entrepreneurial dreams. Since then, she has launched several startups including a t-shirt business, an online marketing and advertising t-shirt distribution business, and an entertainment site. She currently resides in South Florida.

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