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    Downloads are VERY slow - 30 min sometimes

    What are some settings I can change that will speed up downloads from the internet? We just upgraded from Windows 95 and we used to be able to download PDF files in a few minutes, but now the same size files are taking 30 minutes to download. Doesn't matter what site, so I'm thinking there are some settings in Windows 2000 that I can change.

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    Re: Downloads are VERY slow - 30 min sometimes

    What sort of connection do you have?

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    Re: Downloads are VERY slow - 30 min sometimes

    Fiber connection. Faster than T-1 - or so I've been told.

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    Re: Downloads are VERY slow - 30 min sometimes

    Sounds more like your "Proxy server" than Windows 2000.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Downloads are VERY slow - 30 min sometimes

    It's hard to say what the problem is. Windows 2000 by and large does an excellent job of managing network connections. That said, head on over to DSL Reports and try a speed test to see if the actual throughput is what is advertised by your ISP.

    For modems and high-speed solutions the methods of "tweaking" the connection are different. But you should definitely check for the latest drivers if you are using a modem - it can make all the difference in the world. It's possible that Windows has misidentified your modem and is using a "generic" means of accessing the Internet - meaning SLOW.
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    Re: Downloads are VERY slow - 30 min sometimes

    Thanks, but we're not on a modem. Our company runs on a fiber connection. As far as the answer give about the Proxy settings... I have checked them, and we have them set to automatically detect.

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    Re: Downloads are VERY slow - 30 min sometimes

    That being the case, you may want to try applying the tweaks intended for cable modems that you can grab over at Speedguide.net. Many people report significant gains when using these patches. And you can revert to your original settings as well, if you get the patch that restores things. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Downloads are VERY slow - 30 min sometimes

    Are you downloading with a right-click, Save Target As... or allowing the browser plug-in to run? The first method always seems faster to me, and would rule out a plug-in problem.

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    Re: Downloads are VERY slow - 30 min sometimes

    Sorry I was so late in responding. Yes, it is faster if the use right-clicks and saves to the c: drive or even a network drive and then opens the file. So, I guess that's the method we'll use. Thanks for the suggestions everyone.

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