How to Change the Default Settings for Max Connections Per Server in Internet Explorer 8

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Internet Explorer 8 is Microsoft's newest and most advanced Web browser. It incorporates a wide range of customization options and support for the newest scripting technologies. A common area of concern among IE users is the lackluster speed the browser delivers when surfing or loading Web content. This is partly due to the software's limited use of connections to the host computer or server. By default IE 8 uses 6 connections, by increasing this value to 10, users with broadband Internet service will see a notceable increase in over-all performance.

  • Click the Windows Start button, and then select "Run." Type "regedit" in the box, and hit "Enter." If any pop-up window appears, choose the "Yes" option.

  • Scan the list of available registry entries until you locate the following two keys:

    'HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\MAIN\FeatureControl\FEATURE_MAXCONNECTIONSPERSERVER'

    and 'HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\MAIN\FeatureControl\FEATURE_MAXCONNECTIONSPER1_0SERVER'

    Highlight the first key. The removal procedure will be the same for the second key.

  • Click "Edit" from the top menu bar. Select "New" and then "DWORD Value."

  • Modify the follwing fields:

    Beside "Value name" type in 'iexplore'

    Set "Value data" to '10'

    Set "Base" to 'Decimal'

  • Click "File" and "Exit" to close the registry editor. Your max connections per server are now set at 10.

Tips & Warnings

  • Modifying your registry can cause system instability or undesired results, proceed with caution.

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