#StackBounty: #windows-8 #group-policy #bandwidth #open-source #rate-limits How to limit the available bandwidth for specific processes…

Bounty: 50

So, I wish to limit the upload speed of specific applications which lack a built-in control for it and at the same time I’m trying to find a solution that’s as organic and long-lasting as possible.

With a bit of searching I found quite a list of opensource bandwidth control software, all of it for linux, and at the same time I’m having trouble finding anything other than free-trial and paywalled-functionality applications for windows, which I do not wish to bother with.

I also stumbled upon some info about it being possible with the use of group policies but not much detail on how to achieve it. Can it indeed be done this way? I tried on my own but didn’t know what I was doing. Here’s what I did:

I opened the Group Policy Editor, navigated to Local Computer Policy > User Configuration > Windows Settings > Policy Based QoS and created a new policy of that type, set the upload limit where I wanted it and specified the name of the executable that’s causing me trouble. I ran gpupdate /force, did a reboot and all, but the setting didn’t seem to have any effect on the application. I even made the policy affect all apps instead of a specific executable, and it didn’t seem to work at all.

The computer runs windows 8.1 pro.

Thanks in advance for all of your advice.

tl;dr: To sum it up, I am trying to limit the maximum upload rate for specific applications by either using opensource software or group policies or by other means, as long as they aren’t commercial/demo/free-trial or similar type of software. Above I have detailed my attempt to use group policy which didn’t work, probably because I was freestyling it with zero knowledge.

P.S. I’m going to preemptively address the issue of possible duplicate questions that will probably arise by saying that my question differs significantly in that it asks specifically about opensource solutions or,even better, solutions that can be achieved by using existing windows functionality.

P.S.2 When someone random comes to a fresh new question and leaves a downvote along with a negative/counterproductive comment that shows they did not even read the question but instead made an assumption about its content (something in the lines of: “The thing you are asking is impossible if you’re not willing to install 3rd party software”), the only thing the OP can do to defend themselves and their question is to provide a counterargument to that comment. So when some moderator (or I don’t know what other entity) comes along and removes those comments but the downvote stays on not accompanied by any context anymore how is that fair for the OP? How are they to produce a rebuttal and a defence? What makes things even worse is the silent, shadowy way it is handled, where there’s no notification about the comments being removed and absolutely no justification for it. If I don’t revisit my question I might actually never find out what happened.

Get this bounty!!!

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