Reduce game network latency in Windows 7 or Vista


After installing Windows 7 I noticed a slight increase in network latency in several online games. It wasn’t a big deal – I’m talking 200-300ms, but this is on a connection that was reliably < 100ms in the past. Beyond the obvious settings in Windows or on your router, here’s a list of tweaks that may help quite a bit. It involves disabling Nagle’s algorithm, also commonly known as TCP no delay, which is basically an optimization of network traffic that tries to reduce overall packet volume but can cause extra latency in the connection. This should work on Windows 7 or Vista, though the same principle can probably applied to other operating systems as well.

  1. From a command prompt (usually in All Programs -> Accessories -> Command Prompt) run “regedit”
  2. Browse to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\Tcpip\Parameters\Interfaces
  3. Browse the items under interfaces until you find one that has an IPAddress entry matching the network interface you want to affect (typically LAN IP addresses start with 192.168 or 10.0); note that if your IP address is automatically assigned by a DHCP server you may need to look for a matching DhcpIPAddress instead of IPAddress
  4. Right-click on the interface and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value, name it “TcpAckFrequency”
  5. Right-click the new TcpAckFrequency value and select Modify, enter “1″ (Hexadecimal radio button should be selected)
  6. Right-click on the interface and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value, name it “TCPNoDelay” (note that TCP is all uppercase this time – that’s intentional)
  7. Right-click the new TCPNoDelay value and select Modify, enter “1″ (Hexadecimal radio button should be selected)
  8. Verify that both TcpAckFrequency and TCPNoDelay now show up in the adapter’s property list with types REG_DWORD and values 0×00000001
  9. Exit regedit and reboot (reboot is necessary for the changes to take effect!)
  10. Play a game and enjoy your new low ping

This decreased my ping in most games from 200-300ms to 50-60ms, which matches the latency I would see via a tracert to the game’s server.

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  1. #1 by Lighter on February 18, 2013 - 10:05 am

    Nothing change. i followed everything carefully, i also tried to do make a TcpAckFrequency and TCPNoDelay in 3 subfolders that has DhcpIPAddress on it. i have four subfolders under Interfaces.

  2. #2 by Daramutre on April 1, 2013 - 10:42 pm

    hi mate, i play aion and ping at abot 470, tried this and ping did not change at all. game server is in america and i am in Australia. if i use a program called battleping my ping goes down to between 250 and 400. my question is, is there anything else i may have to change other than your guide to this to make it work. both TcpAckFrequency and TCPNoDelay show up in list with the value of 0×00000001 (1) but no change to ping :(

  3. #3 by fallen on May 13, 2013 - 3:00 pm

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  4. #4 by Guilherme on May 17, 2013 - 3:59 pm

    Thank you very much!

    I’m a Diablo 3 player and my network latency was very high ( about 600/700 ms when playing at night). With your tips, my latency lowered to about 200ms.

  5. #5 by Thorq on May 19, 2013 - 9:44 am

    Im from argentina, and play with 650- 800 ping (yes, a lot), when used wtfast program, reduced my ping to 200-250 (that is the normal ping that i need) so, im play in siel server, anyone know if i choise another server redcue my ping? when wtfast connect, he connect with texas, but idk what server is in texas xD

  6. #6 by John S on July 10, 2013 - 1:30 am

    This is an old hack and was used for reducing Latency to the WoW servers for XP users. It did in fact work and most likely still does for XP users.
    This Reg edit has zero nada effect on Win 7/8 users. Can’t speak for Vista as that was installed/uninstalled same week.
    Won’t hurt anything but it don’t work either for the majority.

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    if you have a tp link does it effect people using it or does the speed remain the same?

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  19. #19 by BeanVodka on January 21, 2014 - 7:19 am

    from 300 ping to 400.what the hell ?

  20. #20 by Ignas on January 21, 2014 - 10:46 am

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  21. #21 by Salman on March 29, 2014 - 9:44 pm

    I have a 64 bit operating system(windows 7) So shall i use QWORD (64-bit) instead of DWORD (32-bit)??????

  22. #22 by KrisMary on April 1, 2014 - 10:00 pm

    it works!. thank you :)
    from 175ms – 50ms

  23. #23 by Meanie on April 25, 2014 - 1:13 am

    Salman :
    I have a 64 bit operating system(windows 7) So shall i use QWORD (64-bit) instead of DWORD (32-bit)??????

    Allways use Dword, the 64bit and 32bit in Qword and Dword dont mean operating systems(trust me) Anyways this guide Didnt work for my W764bit, but it did used to work on winXp

  24. #24 by mrjojo on July 17, 2014 - 6:59 am

    Didnt work for me , my ping’s still the same. :(

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