How to increase the Internet Explorer 11 simultaneous downloads limit

The download manager in Internet Explorer has a limit for the amount of simultaneously running transfers or downloads. For example, in Internet Explorer 9 it was limited only to 6 downloads. With IE10 and above, Microsoft has increased this limit to 8 downloads. If this amount is insufficient for you or you have some other reason to increase it, you will be happy to know that you can change it. Using a simple registry tweak, you can increase it from 8 to a higher amount e.g. 16. Just follow these simple instructions below.

    1. Open the Registry Editor (see our detailed tutorial about Windows Registry editor).
    2. Go to the following key:
      HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\FeatureControl\FEATURE_MAXCONNECTIONSPERSERVER

      If you do not have this key, then just create it.
      Tip: You can access any desired Registry key with one click.

    3. Create a new DWORD value named iexplore.exe and set to the desired limit in decimals. You can use any value from range from 2 to 128. For example, to set the limit to 16 downloads, set it to 16 as it show on the picture below:
    4. If you are running 64-bit IE on 64-bit Windows (see how to enable 64-bit IE), then you need to repeat the step above for the following registry key:

Now restart your Internet Explorer browser and you are done! If you followed the exact steps in this article, then you will be able to have 16 simultaneously running downloads.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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