6 Ways to speed up Internet Explorer 10

If you’re an avid internet user like me, your browser is probably the most used application on your computer. I did some research on speeding up Internet Explorer 10.

IE10 is the default browser in Windows 8. This new version has some new features and is already quite snappy. But us netbook users want to squeeze the last drop of performance out of their system. (By the way, did you already try to speed up Windows 8 itself?) I’ve summed up a few tips & tweaks you can do to make your IE even faster:

Change your IE10 Home page to a blank page:

IE10 Internet Options

By default Internet Explorer will load the MSN page, which features news, weather and other info. Loading this page takes time and bandwidth, you can easily skip this by changing your default homepage.

  1. Open internet explorer from your desktop
  2. Click on the tool-icon (Or press Alt-X)
  3. Select Internet Options
  4. In the ‘Home Page’ section, click on the ‘use blank’ button.
  5. Click OK
Your browser will now startup with an empty page.

Disable unneeded IE10 add-ons:

IE10 Manage Add-Ons screenshot

Internet Explorer Add-ons may be useful for some tasks but not for all. If the add-ons are enabled, they can slow down the loading websites, even when they are not needed.

  1. Open internet explorer from your desktop
  2. Click on the tool-icon (Or press Alt-X)
  3. Select ‘Manage Add-ons’
  4. Now select all the unnecessary add-ons and disable them.

Turn on your IE10 pop-up blocker:

Quite simple: Popups use bandwidth and processing power, so we want to disable them:

1. Open Internet Explorer.
2. Press Alt-X or click on the tool icon.
3. Select Internet Options and Select Privacy
4. Tick (check) the pop-up blocker and click Apply.

Disable your LAN autodetect:

Internet Explorer 10 Lan Settings

Autodetecting your LAN (Local Area Network) is a feature from the good-old dial-up modem times, it checks if there is a broadband connection available, and sees is if it can be used for internet access. Since almost all connection (wired and wireless) are broadband nowadays, this is a feature we can switch of to save some time.

1. Open Internet Explorer.
2. Click on the tool-icon (Or press Alt-X)
3. Select Internet Options.
4. Select Connections.
5. Select Lan Settings.
6. Reverse the autodetect setting and click apply.

Change IE10 Temporary Internet files settings:

IE10 Temporary Internet Files setting

Temporary Internet Files can save bandwidth and loading-times. But if this folder gets too big it will do the opposite, you’d like to keep your browsing cache ‘lean and mean’

  1. Open Internet Explorer.
  2. Go to Tools (alt-X) and choose ‘Internet Options’.
  3. Under ‘browsing history’ click ‘settings’
  4. Enter ’50′ In the ‘Disk space to use’ field to limit the website data disk use to 50 MB
  5. Click OK twice to save the setting.

Increase MaxConnections Registry setting:

Adding an MaxConnections setting to your registry will allow Internet Explorer to simultaneously download multiple files at once, reducing the time it takes to load a website.

Warning: this tweak needs adding a key to your computers’ registry, an advanced method to alter system settings, only perform this change if you have experience with changing the registry.

  1. Press the Window Button + R and enter ‘regedit’ and press enter.
  2. Expand HKEY_CURRENT_USER.
  3. Expand the Software folder.
  4. Expand the Microsoft folder.
  5. Expand the Windows folder.
  6. Expand the CurrentVersion folder.
  7. Right click the folder ‘Internet Settings’.
  8. Click New and then ‘DWORD (32-bit) Value’.
  9. You will then be redirected to a screen that shows that you’ve created a new file with the default name ‘New Value #1′.
  10. Rename it to “MaxConnectionsPer1_0Server”. (Copy and paste this phrase to guarantee that there are no errors.)
  11. Double click MaxConnectionsPer1_0Server and the edit screen will appear.
  12. Select the Decimal radiobox
  13. type in 10 in the ‘Value data’ box and click OK.
  14. Restart your PC to enable this setting

Please note I’ve tested these settings on Windows 8 Enterprise RTM. Currently Internet Explorer 10 is only available in Windows 8. Please let us know if you have any comments or questions by responding to this post.

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