A few easy clicks might boost Windows 7’s and Windows 8’s networking performance by as much as 12 percent.
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Win8 dragging its feet on small network
Reader Rick Pap seeks a way to improve networking performance.
- “I have two PCs, one running Windows 7 and the other running Windows 8. After I changed to these operating systems, network file copying became very slow. I’ve tried numerous workarounds recommended on the Net, but nothing works. Can you help?”
Win8’s internal networking components are almost the same as Win7’s, which means they share the same networking strengths and weaknesses.
By default, both operating systems use homegroups to automate and simplify the task of setting up local network connections and shares. (For more on homegroups, see the Oct. 1, 2009, Woody’s Windows, “Sharing is easy with Windows 7’s homegroups.”)
But a homegroup can sometimes be relatively slow. Based on tests with my systems, using homegroup slowed my network by about 12 percent — an amount that was quite noticeable when moving large files or large numbers of files from one PC to another across the net.