How to check internet speed in Windows 10 taskbar

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The speed of the internet is determined by a number of parameters and functions. Indeed, the network equipment and the contracted plan influence the final speed. Similarly, user activity conditions bandwidth performance. For example, downloads and open programs have an impact on network behavior. It is well known that optimal network speed is key to optimal workstation performance. For that reason, today we will see how to check internet speed in Windows 10 taskbar.

How to see the internet speed from the task manager in Windows 10

The first thing we will do is use our own Windows tool to monitor the speed of the Internet. To do this we will enter the Task Manager. With this in mind press the combination Ctrl+Shift+Esc. Once there click on the Performance tab. Then scroll down to the bottom and click on the device connected to the network. In this example, the Wi-Fi device.

Checking the internet speed from the task manager
Checking the internet speed from the task manager

Checking the internet speed from the task manager

With the previous method we can check the internet speed from Windows. However, you always have to open the task manager. On the other hand, to have a persistent notification in the taskbar will be necessary to use a third party application. Don’t worry, it’s a free application called NetSpeedMonitor that can be downloaded from here. When you start installing it, you will receive this warning screen about the incompatibility of the program. That is, Windows 10 is not supported by the app.

Program is not supported by Windows 10

As it is not supported, the installation is aborted. But don’t worry, let’s see how to solve this problem. As it is not supported, the installation is aborted. But don’t worry, let’s see how to solve this problem. The first thing you have to do is right-click on the file and enter the properties.

Enter the file properties
Enter the file properties

Then click on the Compatibility tab. Now check the box Run this program in compatibility mode for: Previous versions of Windows.

Please set the compatibility mode.
Please set the compatibility mode.

Back to the installer, you can run it without any problem. Please continue the installation like any other Windows app.

Start the installation of NetSpeedMonitor
Start the installation of NetSpeedMonitor

Running the monitor

Once the installation is finished, please press this address in the file browser:

C:\Program Files\NetSpeedMonitor

Once there, run nsmc.exe

Now you must confirm that NetSpeedMonitor will be added to the taskbar.

Please add the app to the taskbar
Please add the app to the taskbar

Next, you must configure the program’s interface. That is, the language, the network device and the traffic logging. Please press Save to continue.

Configuring the app interface.
Configuring the app interface.

You will immediately see in the status bar the speed of the internet. In addition, when you move the mouse pointer, the graphic information is displayed.

By right-clicking you can enter the program configuration.

Opening the NetSpeedMonitor settings
Opening the NetSpeedMonitor settings

From there you can configure many aspects. For example, the Bitrate, and the network interface entered

The program has other interesting functions such as displaying the active protocol connections in real time on the system. It also shows daily and monthly statistics of the connection.

This way we have seen how to check the internet speed in the Windows 10 taskbar. From now on you will have this information immediately. All right, that’s it for now. Please remember to visit our Windows section for updates. Bye!

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