Each week, I download a couple of zipped audio files online that average about 164,000 KB each. I download them from a secure site using Down Them All in a Firefox browser.
For the past three years, I have done this weekly task using my Dell Inspiron 530 desktop and Down Them All with no problems, in that computer's XP Pro system. The downloads never take an excessively long time.
I'm in the process of changing over many tasks as I migrate my online work away from the XP computer, and am now trying to do these downloads on a Lenovo Ideapad P400 Touch laptop running Windows 8.1.
The same setup results in the downloads taking an unbelievably much longer time than the same task on the Dell XP. I've tried for 4 weeks now, waiting to see if it just might be a slow connection, but the results are the same. My online Googling shows that there are many other users who have the same situation, but not much in the way of straightforward solutions.
I have both computers plugged directly into a router, and my system speed has been uniformly very good for a very long time for many things, including uploading and downloading.
So, experts, what do I need to do (and how do I do it) to get the download speed on the Windows 8.1 computer to at least equal if not surpass the speed on my Windows XP Pro computer?