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Windows 7: Using Utorrent

12 Feb 2009   #1

Windows 7 Build 7000
Using Utorrent

Here is a copy of a post i made on the Utorrent website that will fix youre speed issues with Win7 and Utorrent. This is using the latest version of Utorrent.


Hey folks. Just wanted to add my 2 cents in hopes that it helps, from what i was able to do to fix the speed issue somewhat.

Utorrent does in fact work oddly on Win7. Even though i have the firewall turned off and all the other security goodies i still get a red skittle. Even though i tell utorrent to check the port and it comes back as good.

I suffered from speed issues you until today. I was downloading a file and was getting 1.2kb on it since yesterday. (my speed now on this particular torrent is between 60k and 80k and consistent) So what you need to do first is most important.

1. Close Utorrent down

2. go to window button (start menu) find utorrent and RIGHT CLICK on its shortcut. Click RUN AS ADMINISTRATOR.

3. Start your download, then look at the log and you will notice the error about the firewall exception is gone and your downloads will speed up.

4. fallow the guides laid out in Switeck's signature (from the Utorrent Forums). Specifically this one 2nd:Recommended uTorrent settings: / Suggested changes for Speed Guide:

After doing these things my speeds increased. Im still working on resolving the green skittle issue but as i have seen from my download experience on Win7 it seems to be a non issue as i have gotten download speeds that were normal to me on XP, which is of course determined alot by the torrent seeders and peers.

Remember too that Win7 is a beta and not every piece of software we use on a daily basis is going to work 100%


Ok i just resolved the issue with the green skittle and my speeds have gotten back to normal. I fallowed a post by Ultima (a moderator on Utorrent forums). The info in his post:

"- Hover over the network status light in µTorrent's status bar and tell us what the tooltip writes.
- Does changing ports stop this error from occurring?
- Grab TCPView from, run it, and see ifthere are any other applications using your listening port."

I crabed the program he talked about and checked. Sure enough even though utorrent did the port check and said it was open and good to go i found another process using the torrent. I just simply choose another port, added the port to my firewall to pass and changed Utorrent for the new port. Closed down and restarted; problem fixed. -- U still have to run Utorrent in administrator mode --
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14 Feb 2009   #2
black dog

7068 64 bit + XP Pro

uTorrent has been working fine for me . No different from how it is with XP.
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14 Feb 2009   #3

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

Generally working for me but then Im using full administrator
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16 Feb 2009   #4

Windows 7, Vista, Mandriva 2008

I didn't know there was a speed problem...uTorrent works fine for me in Windows 7...same speed as ever...are you sure the speed is realeted to Windows 7? Sounds more like a networking-problem-thing to me.
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16 Feb 2009   #5

win7 Pro

speed problem...where?
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17 Feb 2009   #6

Windows 7, Vista, Mandriva 2008

speed problem...where?
Read what fogkebbler wrote...
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19 Mar 2009   #7
Orbital Shark


I've also had some speed issues & Disk overload errors since using W7. After about 20 mins the Disk Overload 100% error was showing in the status bar & download speed dropped to below 10kbps. Only found a way round it by turning off disk read/write chaching (mentioned in utorrent forums)....Strangely have not had the skittle error, green every time for me.
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19 Mar 2009   #8

XP/win7 x86 build 7127

i stay away from this app like the plague.... cant understand its popularity given all the connection/speed issues... granted if you know the app and are comfortable with some advanced settings it could be set up ok... but i never get the upload speeds that i should see... while yes, i know how to set it up... 1.9 is extremely buggy imo, while 1.8 is ok, and 1.7 is just old
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19 Mar 2009   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate 64x

My uTorrent gets good performance when it isn't being throttled by my ISP.
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19 Mar 2009   #10

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers

Mine works fine and before we all get "honked" for discussing utorrent there are perfectly LEGAL torrents -- for example you can download the latest builds of SUSE 11.1 from Novell via a torrent -- they aren't going to use "illegal methods".

Utorrent version I'm using 1s 1.8.2.

I've had REALLY fast downloads -- under 1hr 30 for a 3GB or so of "Not saying" but you know what it is.

Just alter the up / download speed ratio's on the utorrent options. You aren't killing the swarm -- most UPLOAD speeds are pretty sh---y on even decent ISP's and cable systems whereas download speeds can be really nice and fast.

Back home I've got nearly 50 Mb/s download speed -- it's quicker to RDP to my home computer, download the torrent on to a local disk on the home computer ( I can log off / disconnect while the download is taking place as well) and then transfer the file to a work network in the UK via bog standard FTP which I AM allowed to use and then copy to USB stick to take back to my base in the UK while I'm working here.

(Another advantage is that if work tracks what sites you logon to there won't be any record since all the work is done on my computer back home in Iceland -- wonders of RDP and Networks for you. Also no sites are ever blocked unlike some corporations which screen what people logon to).

-- I'm not going to use utorrent for legal downloads or otherwise in a workplace -- jobs are pretty scarce at the moment and I've seen people being fired for less. If you do use it at work then BE CAREFUL -- quite frankly I'd advise against it.

Set your upload speed to around 10 - 20 kb/sec and you'll find that should open up the torrent a bit faster for you.

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