Increase the Number of Server Connections to Speedup Internet Explorer

Microsoft has made sure that Internet Explorer follows Internet standards, by allowing you and your browser to download only two files at a time from any server.

If you visit a web page with a lot of images and required files, such as CSS styles and JavaScript, you can easily end up with a scenario where your web browser has to make more than 40 requests to the web server to download all the files and then assemble the web page. Requesting only two of these 40 files at a time is going to be a lot slower than downloading, say, 10 of them at a time.

By tweaking a hidden registry value, you can speedup Internet Explorer and break Internet standards to download more than just two files at a time. Modifying this setting is simple to do, but be careful; the standards police will be after you. Follow these steps to speed up IE:


How to Increase the Number of Server Connections to speed-up Internet Explorer?

  • For Windows Vista or Windows 7 users, click the Start button, type regedit in the Search box, and then press Enter.
  • For Windows XP users, click on Start Menu, click on Run… and type regedit and press Enter to open the Registry Editor
  • After Registry Editor loads, navigate through HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftware MicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionInternet Settings.
  • Right-click in an open space and create a new DWORD key.
  • Type MaxConnectionsPerServer as the name of the new DWORD key.
  • Right-click this key and select Modify.
  • Set the base to Decimal and enter a value greater than 2. You may experiment with a value like 15. Press OK when you are done.
  • Create a new DWORD key and type MaxConnectionsPer1_0Server as the name.
  • Right-click this key and select Modify.
  • Set the base to Decimal and enter the new value. Use the same value as used for MaxConnectionsPerServer.
  • Click OK when you are finished.
  • Exit Registry Editor and Restart your computer.

Reboot your computer for the changes to take place. If you ever feel like undoing this tweak or want to revert back to the default settings, just head back to the Registry Editor and delete the MaxConnectionsPerServer and MaxConnectionsPer1_0Server keys that you created and reboot for the changes to take place. Congratulations, you are now speeding on the information superhighway.

Disclaimer: Modifying or Editing the registry can be harmful for your PC’s health. If you don’t take care while editing the registry then don’t blame us. Take backup before doing any changes to the registry.

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