Use File Transfer Manager for MSDN Downloads

I noticed my downloads on MSDN this morning were extremely slow.  A four gigabyte download estimate was over 16 hours.  There was also no option to use the file transfer manager, which in theory would speed things up a bit.

I found this article on Microsoft Support from January 2014.  Microsoft stated they knew about the issue and were working on it.  One year later, it is still an issue.

The problem occurs when you use Internet Explorer 11 to download from MSDN.  It does a straight browser download, which is not optimized for speed.  In order to use the file transfer manager and get a faster download, you have to put your browser into Internet Explorer 9 compatibility mode while on the download page.  Luckily, this is not hard to do.

Launch Internet Explorer and go to the page on MSDN that contains your download link.
Press F12 on your keyboard to go into developer mode, then select the emulation tab.

 

Turn on Developer Mode in IE

Turn on Developer Mode in IE

 

Change Document Mode to ‘9’ and change User Agent String to ‘Internet Explorer 9.’

 

Change Document Mode and User Agent String

Change Document Mode and User Agent String

 

Select your download. Grant access.

Grant Access to File Transfer Mode

Grant Access to File Transfer Mode

 

You should now be in File Transfer.  Follow the prompts from here to perform your download.

File Transfer Manager Loads

File Transfer Manager Loads

 

 

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