Boosting your torrents in XP and Vista

Ever notice that after patching XP Service Pack 2 or switching to vista that your torrents are crawling or not meeting expectations? Imagine having 1000 seeds in the swarm and yet you can only connect to a few.

This is all because of Microsoft implementing a upper-bound limit on number of simultaneous half open outgoing TCP connection attempts in Windows XP SP2 and all future and new versions of Windows in order to slow the spreading rate of virus infection and malicious program and reduce the ability for computer to launch DDoS or DoS (Denial of Service) attack. Read on to find out how to go beyond the boundaries and go for a LIMIT BREAK!


In Windows XP SP2 and SP3, the maximum concurrent half-open connect attempt limit is 10, while Windows Vista’s limit is reported to range from 2 (Home Basic Edition) to 25 (Ultimate Edition) and remains the same (10) in Windows Vista and other Windows OS. When the limit is hit, new connection attempt will be put into queue. Thus, the limit also causes consequences of slow Internet download as speed of connection established to external peer computer is restricted. The limit especially and critically affect use of P2P (Peer-to-Peer) file sharing programs such as µTorrent, BitComet, eMule, etc., and P2PTV such as TVUplayer, PPStream, TVants, PPLive and etc.

The most obvious symptom when the TCP/IP concurrent connection limit is hit is an entry in the Windows Event Viewer log:

EventID 4226: TCP/IP has reached the security limit imposed on the number of concurrent TCP connect attempts

When it happens (normally when P2P application programs are running), the web pages will load extremely slow, or even cannot or fail to load. And inevitable, the BitTorrent (BT), ED2K and P2P-TV channels will be downloading slowly and frequently stopped too (see how to optimize P2P and torrent speed in Vista).

Windows Half-Open Limit Fix or Patch is an utility program wrote by Dmitry, a Russian, that cracks, hacks or patches the system’s tcpip.sys file, the main file that provides TCP/IP communication protocol to change the maximum number of concurrent half-open outbound TCP connections, or connection attempts.

Half-Open Limit Fix patches and fixes the tcpip.sys to unlock, clean and remove this limit, by increasing the maximum limit of half-open connection attempts allowed. The best thing about the Half-Open Limit Fix is that it’s fully automated, and works on all versions of tcpip.sys released so far on both 32-bit (x86) and 64-bit (x64) of Windows XP SP2, Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista, Windows Vista SP1, Windows Server 2003 SP1 and Windows Sever 2003 SP2.

Half-Open Limit Fix

The current version of Half-Open Limit Fix is version 3.0, and the program Half-open_limit_fix_3.0.zip can be downloaded from half-open.com.

To apply the patch using Half-Open Limit Fix, follow these steps:

  1. Unpack and extract the ZIP archive to any folder.
  2. Run the Half-Open Limit Fix program, i.e. Half-open_limit_fix_2.8.exe (Different version may have different names).
  3. Select a new value for the limit for concurrent half-open outbound TCP connections. Valid value range from 1 to 255 (FF). [255 of course =D]
  4. Click on Add to tcpip.sys button.
  5. Restart computer.

Note that the patch is not foolproof. Whenever Microsoft releases new version of tcpip.sys, such as in the case of new service pack, the altered tcpip.sys will get replaced back to unpatched version. In this case, user will have to download new version of patched tcpip.sys auto-patcher or new version of Half-Open Limit Fix.

For user that wonders what is the program actually doing in the background, here’s a little clue. The program take ownership and grant full access permissions to administrator on tcpip.sys, and then alter the binary code bytes that represents the connection limit. For Windows Vista, user’s PC will be put into TESTSIGNING mode, with a testing certificate automatically generated and installed with makecert.exe and certmgr.exe, and used to sign the patched tcpip.sys with signtool.exe. This step is required because Windows Vista now require most drivers to be certified and digitally signed. With TESTSIGNING turned on, a “Test Mode” watermark will be displayed on four corner of desktop too. The tool will patch user32.dll.mui to remove the watermark too. Thus, in the case of you suddenly seeing “Test Mode” appearing on your desktop, either re-apply the Half-Open Limit Fix or manually removes the watermark.

Source  : MyDigital Life

4 Responses to “Boosting your torrents in XP and Vista”

  1. 1 sam
    15 February 2009 at 11:39 pm

    You goddammit!!!30 kbps was the earlier speed….now the damn thing is the same!!!

  2. 16 February 2009 at 12:27 am

    If you have ONE peer in your torrent, it’s not going to help much.

    “Thus, the limit also causes consequences of slow Internet download as speed of connection established to external peer computer is restricted.”

    What the above statement means is that you will attain your max speed slower with the limit there, with the half limit patch, u attain your max speed faster. It does not necessarily mean you WILL DEFINITELY get a significant boost in speed. This ‘concept’ of boosting speed will most likely apply only to high peers ratio torrents.

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