How to Increase the number of Simultaneous Downloads in Internet Explorer

Vistawired had an excellent tip yesterday on how you can increase the number of simultaneous downloads using Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 7.

IE7 currently has a limitation on the number of simultaneous downloads at 2. This can be a problem for those who do not use any Download managers or Mozilla Firefox. Firefox does not have this limitations and considered a more secure browser. Now, you too can

In order to remove this limitation, follow the guide below where you need to make some small tweaks in your registry and increase the number of simulaneous downloads in Internet Explorer.

Step # 1: Click on Start. Go to run and type in regedit. If you are using Windows Vista, type regedit in the search bar. Or best tip, type in <windows key> + R to launch the run prompt and then type in regedit

launch the registry editor using the run prompt


Step # 2: Once you are in the Registry Editor, navigate to this key

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings

Step # 3: Now, you need to create a new DWord (32-bit) value by going to Edit > New > DWORD (32 Bit) VALUE.

Create a new 32 bit DWORD using the registry editor

Name it MaxConnectionsPer1_0Server (The 0 on the left of Server is a zero)

Step # 4:  Double click this entry and modify the value to 3. (Substitute 3 for the preferred maximum number of downloads you wish. This could be 5 or 500 depending on you. Although I would recommend that you keep it below 5)

Step # 5: Create another DWord: MaxConnectionsPerServer . You again need to double click this entry and change its value to 3. Like above the number 3 could be anything you wish. The number defines the maximum number of simultaneous downloads you wish to set in Internet Explorer. Set the value of this DWord to the same number as in Step # 4.

Increase the number of simultaneous downloads using Internet Explorer