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Vista Registry Tweak - Increase the Number of Simultaneous Downloads

Registry Tweak to Increase the Number of Simultaneous Downloads

Have you noticed a problem if you try to download more than two files at once from the internet?  The default number of simultaneous downloads from a web server is only 2.  By tweaking the registry you can increase the number to 10.

Topics for MaxConnectionsPerServer

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Instructions for Increasing the Number of Simultaneous Downloads

  1. Launch Regedit (See more details on starting regedit)
    Navigate to this key:
  2. HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings
  3. Create a new DWORD called MaxConnectionsPerServer
  4. Set the value for DWORD = 000000a
  5. Create another new DWORD called MaxConnectionsPer1_0Server
  6. Also set the value of this DWORD = 0000000a

Note 1:  Check Internet Settings (Not Internet Explorer)

Note 2:  Hex 0000000a = Decimal 10

Key Learning Points

MaxConnectionsPerServer is a property of Internet Explorer, rather than of Vista.  Default values simultaneous downloads have increased in later version of IE, thus in IE 7 the default is 2, whereas IE it's 6.

  • Do you find the MaxConnectionsPerServervalue in HKCU** or HKLM? 
    Answer: HKCU
  • Should you add a value, or modify an existing setting? 
    Answer: Create a new dword set the value = 0000000a
  • Is MaxConnectionsPerServer a String Value or a DWORD? 
    Answer: DWORD.
  • Do you need to Restart, or merely Log Off / On? 
    Answer: As it's a HKCU, just logoff and logon.
  • Tip: Add this Value, MaxConnectionsPerServer to Regedit's Favorites menu
  • This maximum number of connections applies to any connection to a web server, not just to downloads.
  • This limit of two connections is set by the HTTP 1.1 specification (RFC2068) rather than Microsoft.

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Screen Shot of Internet Settings

Increase Simultaneous Downloads MaxConnectionsPerServer - Network Configuration

Creating a .Reg File

This page explains how to create, and then edit .reg files for your computer.  As it's easy to import the contents of a .reg file into the registry, do take extra care with procedures.  Example MaxConnectionsPerServer  .reg file.

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