uTorrent Not Starting Properly? Here’s a possible cure


utorretn logoI am a long time uTorrent user and have always disabled the auto-start with Windows option. However, after a recent update to version 3.3.2 I noticed a distinct change in uTorrent’s behavior. Previously, uTorrent was not required to be running in order to start downloading. The user could leave the program closed and whenever he or she clicked on a torrent download uTorrent would then start up and commence downloading. It appears that behavior has now changed. If uTorrent is not already running in the background, the program will hang indefinitely and fail to initiate the download.

This came to light a few days ago when I clicked on a torrent download and uTorrent opened up okay but hung badly with a ‘Not Responding’ message in Task Manager. WinPatrol provided the initial indication that something was not right when it began issuing repeated requests for uTorrent to be added into startup. something which has never happened before. In the end, frustrated by WinPatrol’s constant popups, I allowed uTorrent to be added. I then immediately opened uTorrent’s “Preferences” menu and sure enough, the auto-start option had been enabled.

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For those who have experienced a similar issue and prefer not to have uTorrent auto starting with Windows and running in the background all the time there is a very simple cure:

  1. Disable the auto-start with Windows option
  2. Just prior to clicking on a torrent download, start uTorrent yourself manually
  3. Now click on the torrent download link

Has anyone else experienced this behavior with uTorrent? I’m interested to know if this is common behavior or maybe something specific to my system.

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Jim Hillier

Jim is the resident freeware aficionado at DCT. A computer veteran with 30+ years experience who first started writing about computers and tech back in the days when freeware was actually free. His first computer was a TRS-80 in the 1980s, he progressed through the Commodore series of computers before moving to PCs in the 1990s. Now retired (aka an old geezer), Jim retains his passion for all things tech and still enjoys building and repairing computers for a select clientele... as well as writing for DCT, of course.

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