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Recently my ISP updated us to 150 mbps. Put new network cards in our computers to 10/100/1000. Ran speed tests in IE (which I hate and which I've had crashing problems with ) and speed came in at 160. Run the same speed test in Chrome and it only comes in at 60. Why such a difference? I've disabled plugins (except for Flash and Silverlight).with no change whatsoever. My computer is a year old running Windows 8.1.
 

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My ISP service (Roadrunner Lightning) is 150 Mbps, but I usually get 160 - 170 Mbps with Internet Explorer 11.

You got me curious, so I decided to run a speed test with Internet Explorer 11 and then with Firefox 35.

As you can see, the download speed for Firefox was slower than for Internet Explorer.

I've never used Chrome and never will, so I couldn't test it.
 

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I have the same ISP (a couple of counties north of you). Used Firefox for years but started having problems with it when my Windows 8 computer upgraded to 8.1. There was talk online about Google fixing the 8.1 glitches, but time went on and nothing was done. So I was pretty much forced into Chrome. The Windows version of Safari isn't bad, (speed comparable to IE) but some of my games don't run well in it.
 

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Very interesting - I can't say I've experienced this before.

For both of you, are you connecting to the same server for these tests?
 

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I refuse to install and use Windows 8 or 8.1.

Internet Explorer 11 and Mozilla Firefox 35 seem to be running okay in Windows 10 Technical Preview 9926 and have no negative affects on my download/upload speeds.

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Well, I got a new computer the end of 2013 so it was loaded. Supposedly, Microsoft is going to give free upgrades for Windows 8 and 8.1 users to Windows 10 - 8 did so bad in the market share (only about 10%) I guess they want to get rid of as many of those machines as they can.
 

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I refuse to install and use Windows 8 or 8.1.

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But Windows 10 is pretty much Windows 8.2, it's not some completely new and completely different O/S. Sure they've added a few things and change some other things but it's not as significant a change as Windows XP to Windows Vista or 7.


Have you tried testing with different sites? Something other then a test by Ookla? Try using www.speedof.me

Also check what extensions you have in Chrome. DO you have an proxy or 'VPN' like ad-ons, or other filtering extensions that may be reducing the speed
 

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Well, it looks like there will be one major change and that is the death of the Start Screen - what most people hate about 8(8.1). The return of the Start Menu albeit a hybrid of the Start Screen and old Start Menu but not bad.

Anyway, a recurring problem that I did not mention because I thought it was finally fixed is the USB Ethernet adaptor problem I'd been having. It started up again - keeps cutting out the internet connection. It is the only way this computer can get a 10/100/1000 connection. Oh well , back to my 70 mbps max on my 10/100 card. At least the rest of the household can enjoy the faster connection.
 

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USB Ethernet cards aren't great, get an internal card for full gigabit speeds.
 
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