Configure Network Buffering

This policy setting allows you to specify whether network buffering uses the default or a specified number of seconds. If you enable this policy setting select one of the following options to specify the number of seconds streaming media is buffered before it is played. – Custom: the number of seconds up to 60 that streaming media is buffered. – Default: default network buffering is used and the number of seconds that is specified is ignored. The “Use default buffering” and “Buffer” options on the Performance tab in the Player are not available. If you disable or do not configure this policy setting users can change the buffering options on the Performance tab.

Additional Information

  1. Registry path is:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER -> Software -> Policies -> Microsoft -> WindowsMediaPlayer # NetworkBufferingPolicy; HKEY_CURRENT_USER -> Software -> Policies -> Microsoft -> WindowsMediaPlayer # BufferingType HKEY_CURRENT_USER -> Software -> Policies -> Microsoft -> WindowsMediaPlayer # NetworkBuffering

  2. The Administrative Template path is:

    Windows Components -> Windows Media Player -> Networking


* Making mistakes while changing registry values can affect your system adversely. We recommend you to create a System Restore point before making registry manipulation. If you're new to Registry Editor, read this beginner's guide.
** To locate the registry and administrative template path, checkout beginner's guide.
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