Daniel Havey, Praveen Balasubramanian
Like all modern operating systems Windows has receive window auto-tuning to dynamically adjust the receive buffer size to the throughput and latency of the link. Disabling this feature will definitely limit your Internet speeds. Auto-tuning is consistent throughout all variants of TCP and present in all modern operating systems. In the modern Internet the range of latencies and throughput speeds that must be accommodated is simply too large to manage statically and must be adjusted dynamically. If you have changed your AutoTuningLevel to disabled, please reset it to normal in order to restore your Internet speeds using the following commands in an elevated command prompt:
PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> netsh int tcp set global autotuninglevel=normal Ok. PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> netsh interface tcp show global Querying active state... TCP Global Parameters ---------------------------------------------- Receive-Side Scaling State : enabled Chimney Offload State : disabled NetDMA State : disabled Direct Cache Access (DCA) : disabled Receive Window Auto-Tuning Level : normal Add-On Congestion Control Provider : none ECN Capability : disabled RFC 1323 Timestamps : disabled Initial RTO : 3000 Receive Segment Coalescing State : disabled Non Sack Rtt Resiliency : disabled Max SYN Retransmissions : 2 TCP Fast Open : enabled
Some of the confusion may have originated from a misinterpretation of a blog post which suggests disabling heuristics with the following command:
netsh interface tcp set heuristics disabled
Heuristics is a feature that can interfere with auto-tuning and disabling it can improve Internet speeds and in fact heuristics have already been disabled in Windows 8.1 and greater. Auto-Tuning on the other hand should NEVER be disabled.