These are the commands I ran to speed up Remote Desktop. Article is for Vista, but it applies to Windows 7 as well. Run commands locally even if it’s just a particular server that is slow. Which makes you think it’s that server and not your machine.
Not sure if it applies to XP.
- Run a command prompt (cmd.exe) as an Administrator
- Type: netsh interface tcp set global autotuninglevel=disabled
Disable the autotunning feature in Vista completely, and fit and lock the RWIN receive window to default value 65536 bytes.
If you want to to re-enable it:
- Type: netsh interface tcp set global autotuninglevel=normal
In some cases you may need to use this command in addition to the above, but I didn't have to:
- Type: netsh interface tcp set global rss=disabled
Update! This command makes your network connection EVEN FASTER
Type: netsh interface tcp set global autotuninglevel=highlyrestricted
The reason is that this command will still "auto tune" your TCP connections, but not as drastically as 'normal' mode. It will allow the receive window to grow beyond the default value, but again it will do so very conservatively.