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
- Instructions for MaxConnectionsPerServer
- MaxConnectionsPer1_0Server in Windows 7
- Key Learning Points
- Screen Shot of Internet Settings
Instructions for Increasing the Number of Simultaneous Downloads
- Launch Regedit (See more details on starting regedit)
Navigate to this key:
- HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings
- Create a new DWORD called MaxConnectionsPerServer
- Set the value for DWORD = 000000a
- Create another new DWORD called MaxConnectionsPer1_0Server
- Also set the value of this DWORD = 0000000a
Note 1: Check Internet Settings (Not Internet Explorer)
Note 2: Hex 0000000a = Decimal 10
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?
- 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?
- 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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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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