Microsoft File Transfer Manager on Windows Vista

By Michael Flanakin @ 6:20 AM :: 2474 Views :: Technology :: Digg it!

Just wondering if anyone else is having issues with Microsoft File Transfer Manager (FTM) on Windows Vista. First off, it seems to run slower, but this could just be me. Second, it keeps dropping connections. I'll walk off and when I get back, the status says, "Trying to connect..." This status seems to never change back, so I'm assuming Vista is doing something to cut the connection. This is all on a laptop, so I'm wondering if it has anything to do with the laptop going into a low power mode. The machine isn't sleeping, so I don't think that's it, but I'm not really sure.

For the time being, I've set the program to run under XPSP2 compat mode. Hopefully, this will fix the issue. So far, tho, I haven't seen anything on the web about this app. Anyone not familiar with setting this up can do the following:

  1. Open FTM
  2. Open Task Manager (Ctrl+Shift+Esc)
  3. Switch to Processes Tab
  4. Right click the TransferMgr.exe process and select Properties
  5. Switch to Compatibility tab
  6. Check "Run this program..." and select the Windows version to run under

One additional side note, that I'm sure most of you know about: Vista comes with an app compat tool to allow you to set the compat mode to run under. When I tried to setup FTM, it failed, so that's why I chose to use the Task Manager method.

For a little background, FTM is a download manager used to obtain software via software assurance and MSDN sites. I'm not sure, but I'd guess other services (i.e. TechNet) use FTM, as well.

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