Download Managers have an XP Problem

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    XP Pro_SP3
    .NET Framework_v4.5

    I have several download managers. They all have the same "failure to start download"
    problem with direct links. Ironically, if the link is buried under a series of complex
    redirects the same managers run smoothly. Browser extensions (add-ons) do not
    fix the problem. The fully integrated browser download applet always works, but I
    need those extra features only available with stand alone managers.

    Internet Download Manager or IDM displays an error message if the download fails
    to start. (See attached image.) The "Yes" button links to this document:

    http://www.internetdownloadmanager.com/support/xp-https-problems.html

    I was not surprised when the recommended update and Registry hack failed to correct
    the problem, but I had to try.

    If fixing XP is not possible, maybe finding one or two managers that can bypass or work
    around the problem is the solution.
     

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    Thank you Elizabeth23.

    I recently installed the latest version of FlashGet (3.7.0.1220). Seems to be working
    ok with XP.

    This "failure to start" problem with direct links is probably related to the age of XP.
    After trying FDM_v3.9.7, I will return to this thread with the results.
     
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    okay
     
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    FDM is a very nice manager with lots of useful features.

    I'm getting "unknown network error" with direct links. Unfortunately, it's the same
    problem. It doesn't seem to matter if I'm using an old or new manager.

    There are endless lists of popular and obscure browsers. Slimjet seems to offer
    a couple of features found in stand alone managers, like resumable downloads.

    https://www.slimjet.com/en/fast-internet-download-manager.php
    https://www.slimjet.com/en/dlpage_xp.php

    Has anyone created a browser with a "real" full featured manager? That would be
    be the solution to this XP direct link problem.

    I've got a command based manager called Wget. It's definitely not pleasant to use.
    If I can find nothing else, I'll try Wget.
     
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    have you installed the MyPal browser to see if the download managers work better on that browser?
     
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