Advanced > Restore Defaults > Apply
Connections > Lan Settings > no check marks on this page unless if it's required by your ISP to connect
General > Settings > 10MB is what I use Cable connection
General > Delete Files
If all else fails, repair IE through the add/remove programs
That is now many simultaneous uploads and downloads you can have, sometimes when these values are set too high your problem happens. That is a value of 10 for dl and 5 for ul, unless your cennection is screaming it shouldn't be set higher. XP's defaults are 4 and 2.
Another thing; this was a common problem when IE6 SP1 came out, but it seems to of disappeared, for me atleast.
Ep, glad to see you come back and tidy up...did want to ask a one day favor, I want to enhance my resume , was hoping you could make me administrator for a day, if so, take me right off since I won't be here to do anything, and don't know the slightest about the board, but it would be nice putting "served administrator osnn", if can do, THANKS