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How To Optimize Windows Media Player For Streaming Video: Improve Video Playback

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Does your Windows Media Player (WMP) suffer from choppy video playback or slow/constant buffering while playing streaming video from websites? If you've ruled out network issues like a slow Internet connection or overloaded websites that could be the source of the problem, then tweaking WMP could be the answer. In this tutorial we'll show you how to tweak WMP's settings to improve playback when watching streaming video from websites.
Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: 5 Mins Max.

Here's How:

  1. In Windows Media Player, click the Tools menu tab and select Options... from the menu list. Alternatively, hold down the [ALT] key and press [T] and then click Options... from the pop-up menu.

  2. Click the Performance tab. In the Network Buffering section, click the radio button next to Buffer. Type in the number of seconds to buffer (maximum is 60). Try 10 first as too much buffering uses more memory that could impact on WMP’s performance.

  3. Click the Player menu tab. In the Player Settings section, make sure that the Connect to The Internet (Overrides Other Commands) option is enabled.

  4. Click the Apply button and then OK to finish.

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  • Windows Media Player 7+
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