I ‘upgraded’ to Vista a few weeks ago and unhappily discovered that utorrent ran like an absolute dog. I would try to download the same torrent on two identically configured utorrent clients on the same connnection – one running on my Vista desktop and one running on my XP laptop. What I would see on Vista was:
- It struggled to find seeds, yet on XP, it found plenty.
- Download speed hovered around 0.2 kB/s whereas on XP it would happily do 50-350 kB/s.
Continue reading for the fix …
I looked through a lot of forums for solutions to my slow downloads, googled a lot, played with connection and firewall settings – all to no avail. It was driving me nuts!
What finally worked and solved my problem is this: In utorrent, go to Options -> Preferences -> Advanced. The second option under Advanced is ‘net.bind_ip’. Set this to the IP address of your computer. Restart utorrent.
That fixed it – I now find plenty of seeds again and have got download speeds of 50-300 kB/s in utorrent. According to the utorrent website, ‘net.bind_ip specifies which adapter to use for incoming connections.’ I don’t make any claims as to understanding why this works – but it does. If you are having problems with slow torrent downloads on Vista, I hope this post helps you.