Win 8 eating away my bandwidth constantly

Discussion in 'other software & services' started by ams963, Jul 14, 2013.

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  1. ams963

    ams963 Registered Member


    When I'm doing anything bandwidth is being used. I think Win 8 is using the bandwidth. Constant download and upload. When I disconnect the internet and again connect to the internet, the bandwidth consumption resumes. Is there no way I could stop the usage? Also how do I use Win Firewall to see what is constantly using this bandwidth?

    If I can find no solution to this prob, then I'll take Win 8 off my pc.

    Best Wishes,
  2. Gullible Jones

    Gullible Jones Registered Member

    Are you logging into Windows 8 with a Live (online) account or a normal user account? IIRC the former continuously backs stuff up to Microsoft's remote servers.
  3. ams963

    ams963 Registered Member

    Normal Account. Is it normal that bandwidth is constantly consumed when the user is not doing anything like downloading any file or Win Update? What about the live tiles? Do they consume bandwidth constantly? How do I find out which process is consuming bandwidth by using Win Firewall?
  4. Kerodo

    Kerodo Registered Member

    No, it's not normal, unless Windows is checking for/or doing Win Updates or something like that. Sounds more like some kind of malware situation....
  5. stapp

    stapp Global Moderator

    Is there anything in Task Manager that looks 'busy' at the same time?
  6. harsha_mic

    harsha_mic Registered Member


    Use App History tab of Task Manager to see which app is using the network.
    Attached screenshot of my laptop.

    Note: It looks like if an app is only streaming content and not downloading it to the hdd as Mail app do, it is not being shown here. For example netflix app.

    Hope this would help to identify, which is causing the b/w increase, if its one of the app.

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  7. moontan

    moontan Registered Member

    the Mail app still has that process running after i close it.
    it's easy to kill in Task Manager though.

    there's always Thunderbird.
    i'm still debating between using that or the Mail app in Metro...
  8. ams963

    ams963 Registered Member

    Well it is a fresh install with Windows Defender and Win FW on. Didn't go to any fishy site.....
  9. ams963

    ams963 Registered Member

    Yeah there were a couple of svchost.exe processes that really looked busy.
  10. ams963

    ams963 Registered Member

    No nothing special in App History. Only 0.1 in few apps. Maybe you're right about apps streaming not shown there.
  11. ams963

    ams963 Registered Member

    Okay now it's no longer consuming any bandwidth. I've turned off all the live tiles. Maybe they were causing it. Anyways I'm just glad it stopped the havoc. Phew!:D
  12. NormanF

    NormanF Registered Member

    The Metro interface sucks bandwidth and RAM for nothing! As if any sane person would run it on THEIR computer. :thumbd:
  13. Kerodo

    Kerodo Registered Member

    Well that's weird, but good news indeed. :)
  14. ams963

    ams963 Registered Member

    Yeah I'm really glad. Oh um is there anyway I can get Start button like Win 7? If so what would happen to the metro start and all those apps?
  15. funkydude

    funkydude Registered Member

    Your sensationalism is never ending, really. Even with live tiles enabled on a bunch of apps the OS uses less RAM than 7. Anyone who thinks flashing a bunch of icons "sucks RAM" doesn't know very much about computers.

    The WinRT API is designed with restrictions on bandwidth use so it can't "suck bandwidth for nothing". Apps are restricted to certain callbacks for performing certain updates.

    I have a ton of live apps and none are currently using bandwidth because every single one of them is done as a "check in" function on a timer. You can track EXACTLY how much bandwidth each app is using and it logs its totally bandwidth. Not only that, but bandwidth used by the app and by the live tile is completely separate columns, and all this information is available in the task manager.

    So to summarize, cut the crap.
  16. harsha_mic

    harsha_mic Registered Member

    i better not close any apps thorugh task manager. when the apps are not in the forground, i dont think they would be using much of resources which makes your feel system slower. this is one main advantage i see when compared to earlier windows version... Especially apps like Mail App, which should not be killed, if you intend to check e-mails quite often..

    Coming to Mail App, I haven't used Thunderbird in last couple of years. So, i am not sure how it fares, Of course both does the same job. But i am more inclined to opt in for Mail App, which is by design more secure and no issues in performance at least to me, no slowness in UI, loss less animation, which i think is a tradition in general windows applications...And by design each app runs in its own sandbox.. here is the link which details and agrees windows 8 is more secure and its apps are..and vulnerabilities and response from MSRC team :)
    Last edited: Jul 14, 2013
  17. moontan

    moontan Registered Member

    only problem i see when using the Metro Mail app is when you want to copy and paste to and from a desktop app such as Notepad for example.

    it's awkward, to say the least.
    one thing to keep in mind when using Thunderbird with Hotmail or such POP3 based services is that only the Inbox get synchronized.
    IMAP services such as Gmail don'r suffer this problem apparently...

    anything that Hotmail decide is Junk you will not see in Thunderbird.
    which is bad because sometimes legitimate messages end up in the Junk folder.

    a solution to this is to create a custom rule for this in Hotmail:
  18. pandlouk

    pandlouk Registered Member

    I guess you never encountered the runtimebroker.exe memory leak.
  19. NormanF

    NormanF Registered Member

    Good observation! Not to say that Windows 8 users don't like their operating system - I don't intend my remarks to be a reflection on them. What is clear is Microsoft weighed down Windows 8 with a ton of useless aps that does nothing either for the efficiency of Windows nor does it make Windows work better. Sans Metro, I would agree Windows 8 would be a decent service pack upgrade to Windows 7. Now if someone found a way to rip out Metro from Windows 8 - we all could get back the classic desktop Microsoft should have stuck with in the first place. :thumb:
  20. Brian K

    Brian K Imaging Specialist


    No big deal. Just Unpin (or uninstall) everything from Metro that you don't need or want. With Win 8.1 you never need to see Metro at all.
  21. ams963

    ams963 Registered Member

    Uh oh! Bandwidth consumption has started again. Resource Monitor is showing under Network tab, svchost.exe (netsvcs) PID 860 is very active. svchost.exe (NetworkService) PID 1216 is also active.

    What are they doing?
  22. NormanF

    NormanF Registered Member

    Svchost.exe maintains Internet connection. You don't want to block it or risk bricking up your Internet access. Svchost.exe is a legitimate Windows process and is constantly active! ;)
  23. CloneRanger

    CloneRanger Registered Member

  24. Osaban

    Osaban Registered Member

    I don't know whether this applies to you as well, but if you are running MS SkyDrive and have it on, it will constantly synch your files in SkyDrive. Furthermore by right clicking the SkyDrive symbol on the tray, you can click 'Settings' and uncheck "start SkyDrive automatically with Windows", by clicking the 'performance' tab you can again uncheck "upload speed" which apparently uses more bandwidth.

    If the SkyDrive symbol isn't visible on the tray, check with 'show hidden icons' or hit the icon in metro to see what's going on.

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  25. ams963

    ams963 Registered Member

    Skydrive is not on.
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