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Toolkit Item: Microsoft Download Manager

One of the small, free Microsoft tools I use and like very much is Microsoft Download Manager. It is quite old, and hasn[t been updated since 2011. But because it is so simple, it works well even in the latest 20H1 prerelease Insider buillds. I am sure that it will work in in future Windows 10 releases, too. Download: Microsoft Download Manager.

Using the MS Download Manager couldn’t be easier. Select New download, paste in the download link, and click OK:

The thing I like most about this tool is that MS Download Manager does not care if I sign out from Windows while there are ongoing downloads, not even if I as keen Windows Insider manage to crash Windows and get a BSOD / GSOD. Restart PC and sign in, launch MS Download Manager and it automatically continues the downloads as if nothing had happened.

Downloads can be suspended and resumed as you wish, one by one or all at the same time:

The MS Download Manager recognizes common file types. When a download is ready, an option to run it (executable) or for instance mount a downloaded ISO will appear under the Actions pull-down:

All in all, if you want a really good download manager, why not try the Microsoft Download Manager? You won’t be sorry!


Author: Kari Finn

A former Windows Insider MVP, Kari started in computing in the mid 80’s writing code for VAX / VMS systems. Since then, he’s worked in a variety of IT positions. He specializes in Windows image capture, customization, repair and deployment as well as Hyper-V virtualization. Kari is a proud Team Member at number #1 Windows site TenForums.com.

4 Responses “Toolkit Item: Microsoft Download Manager”

  1. CountMike
    May 5, 2019 at 15:28

    Wow Kari, how did you remember that one, I plumb forgot all about it although I used it extensively when my internet was very slow, start DL and forget about it until it finished. Left that job to browser. There were also some 3rd party applications but not all sites would allow it’s use. I must try it again.

    • May 5, 2019 at 20:46

      I like it especially because it is not dependended on any browser. Right click download link, paste in MS Download Manager, and, as you said, forget it. Even if you shut down PC while downloading, run it again after next boot and all downloads are resumed.

  2. LTL
    May 8, 2019 at 17:52

    I think you deserve another cuppa.

    There you go

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