How to Use uTorrent to Download Torrents - Speed Up (Optimize Settings) [Tutorial]

Uploaded by JAGTutorials on 01.12.2011

Hello and welcome. In this tutorial we will cover what bittorrent files are, and how to
download them with uTorrent. We will cover step-by-step how to install, use, configure,
and optimize uTorrent. We then download a torrent and review the information and options
available when downloading a file. What is uTorrent? uTorrent is a free bittorrent client.
It's the most widely used bittorrent client outside of China. It's available in over 60
languages. It's designed to use as few system resources as possible while still being lightweight,
powerful, and efficient. It receives good reviews for its feature set, performance,
and stability. It's available for both Windows and Mac, although the interface is slightly
different. Basically it's designed to meet all of your torrent downloading needs, while
having as little impact on the performance of your computers possible. What are BitTorrent
files? BitTorrent networking is the most used form of peer-to-peer sharing in the world.
BitTorrents, or as they are more commonly known, torrents, download small pieces of
the file from many sources at the same time. The sources of the file are other people that
are downloading and sharing the same file. When you download a torrent you also upload
pieces of that file to others. This is how everyone is able to get the file. By sharing
pieces of the file with each other. Let's install uTorrent. Open Internet Explorer or
another web browser of your choice like chrome or Firefox, and navigate to
On the uTorrent home page, click the "Free Download" button. On the download information
bar you can save the file if you wish, or as I prefer, just click the "run" button.
On the "Welcome to the uTorrent Setup Wizard" screen, click the "next" button. On the "Warning"
screen, read the text, and click the "next" button. On the "License Agreement" page, read
through the license agreement, and click the "I agree" button. On the "Choose Install Location"
screen, leave all the defaults, and click the "next" button. On the "Configuration"
screen, leave the defaults, and click the "next" button. On the "Checkout Our Next Spotlight
Release" screen, uncheck "yes i'd love check out this free download", and click the "next"
button. On the "uTorrent Browser Bar Optional Installation" screen, uncheck "set my homepage
to uTorrent web search", uncheck "make uTorrent web search by default search provider", and
click the "Install" button. If you have "User Account Control" enabled, click the "yes"
button to allow changes. Once uTorrent finishes installing, it will bring you to the "Getting
Started" screen of the uTorrent application. Before we start using uTorrent we need to
change some of the default settings to improve performance and make it easier to use. The
first step to do this is to run the "Setup Guide". Click on the options menu, then "Setup
Guide". On the uTorrent "Setup Guide" window, change the location next to bandwidth to whatever
location is closest to you. Uncheck the box next network as we will come back and test
this after we set up the preferences. Click the "Run Tests" button. When the test is complete
it will have a green check next to it. The numbers we are interested in is the upload
and download speeds. It shows results in both kilobits per second(kb/s) and in kilobytes
per second(kB/s). uTorrent uses kilobytes(kB/s) so we will use these numbers. Write-down both
your upload speed and download speed in kilobytes per second(kB/s). Your numbers will be different
than mine. We will refer back to them later. Click the "Save and Close" button. Let's set
the appropriate preferences. Clicking the options menu, and preferences. On general
preferences, click "start uTorrent when Windows starts" under "Windows Integration". This
enables the program to autostart every time you restart your computer. You won't have
to worry about starting it up manually. On the "UI Settings" preferences, check everything
under "Display Options". Under "System Tray" put a check next to "minimize minimizes uTorrent
to tray". What this means is that when you minimize the application it will only show
up in the system tray down here by the clock. Under "When Adding Torrents" uncheck all options.
What this will do is make it so your files download automatically to a specific location
on your computer. You don't have to select the download location every time you download
a torrent. To have it automatically download, you need to set up the default location. And
this is done on the "Directories" preferences. Click the button to the right to select the
download location. You can put this anywhere you have room. I have two disk drives. You
may or may not. I have more space in the C drive. So i'm going to select the C Drive.
Now i want to create a new directory here to download all my files to make them easier
to find. I'm going to right-click on any whitespace in this window. Note that you cannot click
on the folder, the name, the date, or file type. It has to be in the whitespace, here,
or here. I'll right-click, "New", folder. I'm going to name this folder "downloads".
let's double-click to enter this directory. Now that we're here, click the "Select Folder"
button. You can now see that our new download location is on the C Drive in the "Downloads"
directory. Now let's click on the connection preferences. Now let's notice next to "Port
Used For Incoming Connection". This is the port that was going to be tested on the speed
test before. This is the port address your computer will be communicating with other
computers. Here we need to select a port number out of the dynamic port range, which is from
49,152 through 65,535. It can be any number between that range that you like. For this
tutorial we are going to set it to 49,666. Click on the "Bandwidth" preferences. Here's
where our two numbers we saved from the speed test before are going to come in useful. The
numbers we got before on the speed test were the maximum upload and download speeds that
are connection is capable of. If we were to set those numbers to exactly what we got on
the speed test it could potentially completely saturate our line. What that means is that
there would be little room to browse the web or do anything else with your Internet connection
other than download your torrent files. Now what I like to do is to set the maximum upload
rate to around half of what the maximum possible was. Mine was 76. About half of that is 38.
Next if we look next to the maximum download rate we see that is currently set to zero,
which means it's unlimited. It would use as much as your internet connection would allow.Now
back on the speed test we had a maximum download rate of 640 kB per second. For the download
I like to select 90% of that, which for me at 640 was around 576. That's why I am going
to put that number here. Work out the math for the numbers you got before, and put your
numbers here, not the 38 and 576. Now these numbers were automatically selected before
when we ran the speed test. Leave these as the default. Now let's select the "BitTorrent"
preferences. Make sure that all the "Basic BitTorrent features" are checked and enabled,
with the exception of the last one, "Limit Local Peer Bandwidth". Next let's select the
"Queuing" preferences. The queuing settings will determine how many active download and
upload files your computer can have the same time. Currently mine is set to four and three.
I'm going to set those both to four. Under seeding goal the default value for the minimum
ratio to share is 150. This means 150%. So if you downloaded a 1 GB file, you would upload
1.5 GB before your seeding would be complete. Let's change this to 100%. You will upload
the same amount that you download. Alright now let's just apply all those settings by
clicking the "Apply" button. Now clicking the "Okay" button to close the "Preferences"
window. Now that we've completed setting up the preferences, let's run the "Setup Guide"
and determine if our TCP listening port is open. Click on "Options" and "Setup Guide".
Now we've already run the bandwidth test so we don't need to do that again. Uncheck. Make
sure that "Network" is checked, and that our TCP port is set to 49,666, or whatever port
you chose. Once that's all verified click the run tests button. Now in this case the
port is not forwarded correctly. What that means is that the router is not appropriately
routing traffic that's sent to port 49,666 from the Internet to our computer. For the
torrents to download as quickly as possible this is essential. There are so many different
routers out there that it would be difficult for me to write a tutorial on how to set that
up for each and every one. Luckily there's If you have a problem with
the network check click on this link. has a listing of all
routers ever made and most of the software that you'd ever need to create firewall rules
for. Once you're here you select your router type then the software that you're going to
set up,and it gives you a document on how to set that up for your router type. In my
case I have a Netgear, DGN 2000, so I would select this. We can skip the advertisement
by clicking the click here to skip this advertisement link.And now we'll go through and select the uTorrent
in the list. We now have a document here that tells us how to get the preferences, we already
know what port we were forwarding. And then it goes through the document, and how to open
your web browser and connect your router, and make the necessary firewall changes. After
you follow this document, your port should be forwarded correctly. Now that we followed
the port forwarding set up, and we have our port 49,666 properly forwarded to our computer.
Let's run the test one more time to verify. Click the "Run Tests" button. Alright so we
have green check, that means our port is properly configured and is being forwarded for bit
torrent traffic. Click the "Save and Close" button. Now that everything is set up let's
download a torrent to see how the whole process works. Let's open a web browser like Internet
Explorer. There are a lot of torrent sites out there. My personal preference is
Let's enter that in the address bar, and press enter. Let's search for and download a "Legal"
torrent like Ubuntu. Ubuntu is a free open-source Linux operating system distribution. In the
search field enter Ubuntu and click "Search". For each download listed you'll get the name
of the torrent, a bubble of the last few comments made, as well as a rating system, download
link, the file size, the number of files contained in the file, and the age of the file, which
in this case is one month. As well as Seed, and Leech. Seed and Leech refers to seeders
and leechers. A leecher is someone who's currently downloading the file, but it's not complete.
Leechers both download the file, as well as upload pieces of what they have downloaded
to others. A Seeder is someone who has completely downloaded the file, and is now just haring
a file by uploading to other leechers. After verifying the torrent is good by reviewing
the comments and ratings, seeds is the most important item to look at. The higher the
number of seeds, the faster the file will download. Let's select the top link to look
deeper. Once the torrent page opens. You will see the thumbs-up and thumbs down sign in
the top right. This is a good indication as to the quality of the torrent. To review all
comments click on the comments tab. Once you determine you want to download a torrent,
click the "Download Torrent" link. Be careful as many websites will try to trick you into
clicking on a download button that is in an ad. For KickAssTorrents the link will always
say "Download Torrent". Click "Download Torrent". Once your torrent starts, it will open uTorrent.
If for some reason it doesn't and it's closed, you can open it back up by double clicking
on the uTorrent icon in the system tray. It is possible that the first time it will ask
you what program you want to use to download torrent. If it does, select uTorrent from
the list. If it's not available on the list browse for the file to C, program files x86,
uTorrent, and select the utorrent.exe to open the file. In the you torrent application window,
let's click on the torrents link in the side panel. By default the view shows limited information.
I like to change this to a more detailed view. Click on the toggle torrent view button. The
default set of columns for uTorrent are pretty basic. Let's add some additional columns of
information to make managing the downloads easier. Right-click and select seeds. Right-click
and select peers. Right-click and unselect playback. Right-click unselect label. And
right-click and unselect app. The columns can be adjusted by left clicking and moving.
The downloading torrent will show up in the upper half of the window. You get the number
of the torrent, the name of the torrent, the total file size, which in this case is 695
MB. When the status is downloading you are downloading or leaching the file, when it
is seeding you have completed the download and are just sharing with others. If you stop
the file, or when the seeding limit is reached, the status will be finished. You also have
the download and upload speed of the torrent, the newly added seeds and peers, and the ETA,
which is the guess for when the file will complete downloading. Once the download is
complete you'll see the torrent in the seeding status. The torrent will stay in this status
until the downloaded and uploaded sizes match. You can stop the download before it finishes
seeding the torrent and clicking the "Stop Torrent" button. By doing this the status
turns to finished. You now have the file for use and are no longer sharing. You can double-click
on the torrent to open the file location where the torrent was downloaded. Now the file is
here to copy to other devices, or another location, or if it's a show or movie it's
just there to watch. Now that uTorrent is installed and configured correctly you can
download torrents from any website you want with just a few steps. I hope you enjoy the
new world of torrents available before you.