Change the order of network protocol bindings

If your computer is connected to a network, network policy settings might prevent you from completing these steps.

If your network seems to be running very slowly, consider changing the order of network protocol bindings. Windows attempts to communicate with services by using network protocols in the order specified in Network Connections. To make network communications faster, you can reorder the protocols in this list from most used to least used. Usually, TCP/IP will be the most used protocol.


  • If you are using only the TCP/IP protocol, you don't need to make any changes.

You must be logged on as an administrator to perform these steps.

  1. Open Network Connections by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, and then clicking Control Panel. In the search box, type adapter, and then, under Network and Sharing Center, click View network connections.

  2. Press the Alt key, click Advanced, and then click Advanced Settings. Administrator permission required If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

  3. Click the Adapters and Bindings tab, and then, under Connections, click the connection you want to modify.

  4. Under Bindings forconnection name, select the protocol that you want to move up or down in the list, click the up or down arrow button (Picture of the up arrow button or Picture of the down arrow button), and then click OK.
    Picture of the Advanced Settings dialog box
    The Advanced Settings dialog box

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