Let’s have a short discussion around the following:
Understanding how to recover from a forced reboot while using Microsoft File Transfer Manager (to download from TechNet or MSDN).

Recently I was downloading a large number of files in preparation for delivering a System Center class.

Since there was a large number of them and I was using the Microsoft File Transfer Manager, I decided to let it run overnight…

Smart thinking, bad choice.

I didn’t realize that later on in the evening patches were to be deployed to my laptop and a forced reboot would occur – thus killing my downloads.


No shortcut was created, no trace of how to continue the download(s) — nada!

Well through some online searching, I found out where the TransferMgr.exe resides, but it is not easy to find.

Launch Windows Explorer and goto:
%windir%\Downloaded Program Files\TransferMgr.exe

Double click on the Transfer.exe and thus your download(s) will continue.

If you find yourself using this utility often, it might make sense to create a shortcut on your desktop.

Microsoft – does it seriously need to be this difficult to find out? Really?

Oddly enough there is a website dedicated to Microsoft FTM

Overview of Microsoft File Transfer Manager (FTM)
FTM is a client-side application whose purpose is to provide secure and guaranteed delivery when downloading or uploading large files over the internet.

  • Suspend/Resume capability allows users to:
    Resume interrupted transfers
    Pause and resume a file transfer as needed
  • Multiple file transfers can be queued and prioritized
  • Up to four transfer packages can be transferred concurrently to overcome the impact of network latency
  • Built-in error checking and recovery from corruptions introduced in transport