How to Fix High Ping / Latency Issues in Windows 10 /8.1 /7

Solve High Ping Issue :  A ping is actually a signal sent from one computer to another computer; both of which are connected over the same network. In simpler terms it means sending a message (packets) from one device to another. The computer on the receiving end will transmit a ‘return ping’ back to the computer where the ping originated. The time which this ‘return ping’ takes to come back to the computer at the origin is termed as Latency.

So it is understood that lower the latency; better it is. A latency of about 100 milliseconds is fine but for online multiplayer gaming it must be 50 milliseconds or less. Hence experiencing high latency or ping spikes will ruin your gaming experience. The term used for high ping / latency is called ‘Lag.’ In this post the process to Fix High Ping / Latency Issues in Windows 10/8 & Windows 7 will be discussed.

Steps to Fix Unstable Ping & Ping Spikes in Windows 10 / 8.1

FIXING THE WORKING OF WINDOWS UPDATES FOR WINDOWS 10

  • First of all you must be sure that all your drivers pertaining to Windows 10 are up to date. If you are using some external Wi-Fi or LAN Card you must visit the manufacturer’s website and download the latest drivers for the same.
  • Updating all the relative drivers is the best way to fix this issue of bad ping in Windows 10. However, if even after updating the same, you are still getting ping spikes or high latency then follow the steps given below to rectify the same.
  • In case of Windows 10 updates are not downloaded from a central server. Instead a peer-to-peer approach is followed i.e. a person will receive updates by downloading them from a different person.
  • Although it is fine and much better but the thing to be noticed here is that even your PC/ Laptop will be sending updates to other persons which might be causing the issue of unstable ping.
  • To turn this feature off you are required to navigate to Settings -> Update & Security.
  • Under Windows update click on Advanced Options.
  • Thereafter select the option of choose how updates are delivered.
  • Now you are required to turn off the option of updates from more than one place.

USING TASK MANAGER TO CHECK NETWORK USAGE OF APPS

  • This is a pretty simple method. All you need to do is to open Task Manager and under the section of processes just sort the applications based on their network usage.
  • Now you will be able to see the network usage of various installed applications.
  • Turn off the ones which are using the major percentage of your network.
  • This will definitely help to fix ping spikes.

DISABLING WI-FI SENSE FOR WINDOWS 10

  • By pressing Windows Key + I settings will be invoked. Under the Network & Internet section you are required to go to Wi-Fi from the left side menu.
  • You will see the option of Manage Wi-Fi Settings.
  • Just disable all the available options and you are good to go.

TURN OFF THE LOCATION TRACKING FEATURE IN WINDOWS 10

  • In Windows 10 if location feature is turned on it might give way to issues of bad ping or unstable ping.
  • You can access the location feature by navigating to Settings -> Privacy.
  • Just set the location for this device feature to off.

CHECKING THE WIRELESS SIGNAL

  • If your wireless signal itself is really weak then it is suggested to move your PC /Laptop closer to the router.
  • However if this is not possible for you then you can purchase a Wi-Fi extender or use an Ethernet connection instead.
  • Improving the wireless signals definitely helps to fix ping issues.

USING THIRD PARTY ANTI-VIRUS SOFTWARE OR FIREWALLS

  • If you are using a third party Anti-Virus software or a Firewall chances are pretty high that either of them might be causing the ping spikes faced by you.
  • Just disable the anti-virus or the firewall to check if you are still facing the issue.
  • If not then you are good to go. However if the issue still persists then just uninstall the anti-virus and the firewall using the dedicated removal tool for the same.
  • Now upon checking if the issue of unstable ping doesn’t exist then it is definitely required by you to change your anti-virus or firewall software.

RUNNING A VIRUS/ MALWARE SCAN ON YOUR WINDOWS PC / LAPTOP

  • Sometimes you never know hidden viruses and malwares might be disturbing your wireless connection and causing unstable ping.
  • So it is advisable to run a thorough virus scan as well as a dedicated malware scan to fix or delete any infected files from your system which might be the reason of all the troubles which you are facing.

DISABLING MICROSOFT WINDOWS KERNEL DEBUG NETWORK ADAPTER IN WINDOWS 8

  • For Windows 8, under Device Manager, you will find the program Windows Kernel Debug Network Adapter in
  • All you are required to do is to right click and select the option of disable or
  • In case you are unable to locate the Windows Kernel program just navigate to View from the top menu bar of the device manager and check the option of show hidden devices.
  • Now you will be able to spot Windows Kernel Debug Network Adapter.
  • Once you have disabled or uninstalled the said program just restart your Windows 8 system and you won’t experience any kind of bad ping or ping spikes thereafter.

So these were the various fixes or steps which can be employed to Fix High Ping / Latency Issues in Windows 10/8 & Windows 7.After employing the given ways, if still, the issue of bad or unstable ping persists for you then let us know in comments below. Also if you are aware of any other method which is not mentioned in this post then please do share it in comments so that our other readers can also benefit from your expertise.

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