Increase the number of concurrent downloads in Vista and XP

I actually wrote about this in 2004 and again in 2007 but a few people have forgotten and sometimes Vista tweaks are not the same as previous version.

Anyway, many times you are updating / downloading many files at the same time. Microsoft limits this to 2 or 3, I forget (since I run the tweak on a new machine ASAP). In all honesty this can be annoying. If you are installing new versions of your security programs at the same time and updating say Adobe Reader and downloading a couple of songs, you can get really annoyed at the wait and click game.

The following tweak resolves that issue.

To begin:

  • Make sure all programs are closed and then click “Start | Run” in XP or on the Start icon in Vista
  • Next type “regedit” in the run box(XP) or the Start Search box in Vista, without the quotes and click OK.
  • Vista will require you to approve the action by selecting “Continue
  • Now backup your Registry by making sure “My Computer” or “Computer” depending on your version of Windwos, is highlighted, Then select “File | Export”
  • Under the new windows “Save in” make sure “Local Disk C:” is selected
  • Under “Export Range” at the bottom, make sure the “All” radio button is selected
  • Under the file name type one in. I use the type of backup and date – RegBU07212009 for Registry BackUp on July 21st, 2009
  • Finally select the “Save” button.

To continue,

  • Expand the left hand column “HKEY_CURRENT_USER” then “Software, Microsoft, Windows, CurrentVersion” by clicking on the plus signs on the left side of the screen.
  • Click on “Internet Settings” to view its contents.
  • Check the right-hand column for the following two lines (values): “MaxConnectionsPerServer” and “MaxConnectionsPer1_0Server” (that is per and the number one followed by an underscore and the number zero).
  • If these values are present,right-click on the first value (MaxConnectionsPerServer),
  • select Modify from the drop-down menu,
  • click Decimal, and set the Value data field to 10 (the number ten).
  • Repeat this process for the second value (MaxConnectionsPer1_0Server).
  • If these lines (values) are not listed, right-click on the white region of Regedit’s right-hand column,
  • click “New”, and then click “DWORD Value” for XP or “DWORD (32Bit) Value” for Vista
  • Type in “MaxConnectionsPerServer” for the name of the new DWORD Value and press Enter. Make sure to spell it exactly as here, capitalization and all.
  • The new value should now appear in Regedit’s right-hand column.
  • Right-click the new value and click on “Modify”.
  • Click “Decimal” and set the Value Data field to “10”, then click OK.
  • Do the same thing, using MaxConnectionsPer1_0Server as the new DWORD Value name instead of MaxConnectionsPerServer and also enter “10” in the data field.
  • Restart the computer and you are done.

Until we meet again, have a virus free week!

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