Q&A Monday: Increase Simultaneous Downloads


Because of my job I spent a lot of time downloading files from the internet, my productivity is killed by the simultaneous download limit in Windows.  Is there anyway to work around this limit or a nifty program that will let me easily download more?

Joseph James
Dallas, TX


Now I have tried many programs that supposedly manage your downloading of file, and really have come up with mixed results.  Though there is a way that you can change a setting in Windows to up the limit of simultaneous downloads allowed on your computer.

NOTE:  This involves changes to your computer registry, so make sure you know what you are doing and make a backup of your system before making any changes.

  1. Start->Run->Regedit
  2. Navigate to HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings.
  3. Create a new DWORD named MaxConnectionsPerServer and assign it a value of 0000000a
  4. Create a new DWORD named MaxConnectionsPer1_0Server and assign it a value of 0000000a

This will increase your download limit to 10 simultaneous downloads, and should make downloading multiple files a lot easier.

If  you have any questions that you want Jim to answer, from business servers to home computers, drop him a line at
me@jimguckin.com, and he’ll try to answer your question.  Check back every Monday for a new Question and Answer session, and during the rest of the week for other technical insights.

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