How to Solve Failed Download Error on Windows

By TPS November 9, 2016 How To, Windows

It might happen someday that you click on a link to download a file and nothing happens. If you haven’t experienced this yet, you will someday and there could be several reasons for this. Sometimes the download window doesn’t get prompted, or the download doesn’t complete because of a corrupted download folder. Filename conflicts can also cause problems with downloads.

If you ever encounter such problems while downloading a file from the internet, here are some easy to follow solutions you can try.

  1. Check Internet connection and ensure that it’s up and running.
  2. Clear Internet Cache, Temporary Files, Cookies, History, etc, using Disk Cleanup tool, or the built-in browser UI. In most of the browsers it can be done by pressing ctrl+shift+del. After this restart the computer and try again.
  3. Choose a different download location and see if that helps. Maybe the download folder has become corrupted or has some other problem.
  4. Do not use the default name for saving the file. It is always better to rename the file to what you can easily recognize.
  5. If you are using a Download Manager, disable it and see if that works for us.
  6. If you’re certain that the file and the download source is safe, disable Firewall and antivirus or security software temporarily and see if the download works.

If nothing from the above methods worked for you then there are some other ways to fix your download problem.

Method 1: Updating security settings.

Run inetcpl.cpl to open Internet Options and go to Security Tab. Select Internet zone and click on the Custom level button.

In Security Settings, scroll down to Downloads. Set File download to Enable. Scroll down a bit more and you will see Miscellaneous. Here make sure that “Launching applications and unsafe files” is set to Prompt (recommended). Click Apply/OK and Exit.

Note:  If this does not help, you can reset Internet Security settings by clicking on Reset all zones to default level under Security tab.


Method 2: Changing advanced settings.

To download files, Internet Explorer needs to create a temporary cache file. In Internet Explorer, if the file is delivered over HTTPS, if response headers are set to prevent caching, and if they Do not save encrypted pages to disk option is set, a cache file is not created. In such a case, the download may fail with displayed message ‘Internet explorer cannot download this file or file couldn’t be downloaded’.


Uncheck this option temporarily and see if it helps. You will find this setting under Internet Options > Advanced tab > Settings.

Method 3: By editing registry

Sometimes download is affected by auto scanning feature of our antivirus. By making some changes to our registry we can disable this feature. However, it is not recommended, but if you trust the file and source you can disable auto scanning in the following way.    `

Step1: Open registry editor by pressing Windows+R key and type regedit into it. Press enter and this will open registry editor.


Step 2: Navigate to the following key:



** If We do not see the Attachments subkey, create it by right-clicking Policies > New > Key > Type Attachments as the key name. Next, right click Attachments > select New > DWORD (32-bit). Give Value Name as ScanWithAntiVirus and give it a value 1.

ScanWithAntiVirus registry key values are:

  • 1: Will ‘Turn Off’ or disable the scan
  • 2: For Optional scan
  • 3: Will enable the virus scan right after you completely open or save the program or file.

Note: – While making any changes to the registries make sure to export the backup of the registries. Editing registry is something which is very technical we recommend you to do this under the guidance of our technician which can be reached on our toll free number (855) 765-6710.

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