The number of files that you can download simultaneously in Internet Explorer 7 or earlier versions is limited to 2 by default. When Internet Explorer 8 is released, this limitation has been increased to 6. Although the default connection allowed at one time has been increased significantly, but if you think that it still can’t fulfill your requirement and you want it to be more, you can actually increase it to up to 10 connections at one time.

To increase the number of files that can be downloaded simultaneously to 8 in Internet Explorer 8, it can be done via simple registry hack as shown below:

1. Open notepad.

2. Copy below string and paste it into notepad:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings] “MaxConnectionsPerServer”=dword:00000010

3. One thing to take note here. Once you have copied the string to notepad, delete both ” (double quote) and retype. Without doing so could cause the value fail to be added into registry due to the double quote copy from the webpage is different from what you type manually. Save the notepad as “IncreaseConIE8.reg” with Save as type is “All Files”.

4. Double click the registry file, continue with UAC prompt and click OK to confirm you wish to perform the action.

Once you have completed the above steps, you should be able to download 10 files simultaneously by using Internet Explorer 8.