Enabling more then 6 simultaneous downloads in IE8

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Internet Explorer 8, as it may be known, doesn’t support more than 6 parallel downloads. While downloading a large number of big files from slow servers, bypassing this limit becomes a necessity. Like the previous versions, this limit is defined in the registry, but in a different location.

To change this limit, close all instances if Internet Explorer, open the registry editor by going to Start-> Run-> regedit. Navigate to ‘HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\InternetExplorer\Main\FeatureControl\FEATURE_MAXCONNECTIONSPER1_0SERVER’. In the right pane, find the DWORD value ‘iexplore.exe’ and change it to 15(or any other number you may want). If the DWORD entry doesn’t exist, create it by “Edit-> New->  DWORD value”, and put the name as ‘iexplore.exe’. Change the value to 15 and leave the base as Hexadecimal. Navigate to the adjacent key ‘FEATURE_MAXCONNECTIONSPERSERVER’ and perform the same actions.

Internet Explorer should now allow more than 6 simultaneous downloads.


  1. Aneesh De says:

    Handy! Though I don’t use IE anymore, I did notice the parallel download limit on multiple occasions, but it never occurred to me it can be fixed… If only I’d found this solution a few months ago…

  2. Ellimist says:

    Even though I don’t use IE(I never did use IE, BTW; started with Firefox 0.9), I thought this might help users like you.

    Too bad I was late. ;)