Enabling the Network Adapter Onboard Processor

by Eric Geier [Published on 28 April 2011 / Last Updated on 25 Feb. 2010]

If your NIC supports it, turn it on in Windows.

If your network adapter has an integrated processor, it can help process some networking functions. This can help free up your main CPU for other tasks and increase performance. However, onboard processing is turned off by default in Windows XP. Here’s a registry hack to make this possible:


Key: SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Tcpip\Parameters

Value Name: DisableTaskOffload

DWORD Value: 0 = Use NIC Processor, 1 = Disable NIC Processor

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The Author — Eric Geier

Eric Geier (Dayton, Ohio) is a Freelance  Tech Writer and Author specializing in computer networking. He's also the Founder and Owner of NoWiresSecurity, which provides a hosted cloud-based RADIUS service to help businesses easily secure their Wi-Fi networks with the Enterprise (802.1X) mode of WPA/WPA2 security. He’s also the Founder and Owner of On Spot Techs, which provides on-site computer and technology services.

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