Ordered Landsat 7 data from USGS and wants to download it using the Bulk Download application. However, i get this error while running the software. Error Image I have JRE Installed properly. Does someone knows how to got about this Insufficient error problem.

  • What directory is the bulk download application installed in? There should be a file named config.xml in that directory. I get this error when I remove that file.
    – Jacob F
    Jun 24, 2016 at 18:14
  • Looks like you may need to download and install this using an administrator account?
    – GISHuman
    Jun 28, 2016 at 18:10
  • Running the program as administrator once should rebuild the file and keep you from getting this error in the future.
    – Jacob F
    Jun 28, 2016 at 18:27

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There are other options to download Landsat7 images. Here's what I do:

  • Go to EarthExplorer and click on register on the upper right corner to create an account.
  • Then again go to EarthExplorer and log in with the account that you have just created.
  • In the first tab Search Criteria, you can set the acqusition time and area of the data by different option. For example I have done this by searching the name of a place. But if you now the path and row of the scene, you can use that.
  • In the second tab Data Sets, you can specify that you are searching for the data acquired by Landsat7 ETM+
  • In the third tab additional criteria, you can specify some characteristics like cloud cover, etc. Then in the 4th and last tab, you can choose one of the data and check it to see if it contains your search area by the footprint icon. Then if you click on the icon that I have marked by red, you will have access to download options. And here I can download the data by just clicking on the download button next to Level 1 Product using IDM that is integrated with my firefox or any other way of download that is suitable for you.

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P.S. I myself had problems with the bulk downloader and I found that this way is better.

  • Thanks. Your answer seems to point to the alternatives of downloading the images. The bulk download application is the main issue and whether someone has success in bypassing that error.
    – saviour123
    Jun 29, 2016 at 13:14

I had the same issue when installing to the default location Program Files. I uninstalled the first attempt, and reinstalled to a custom folder on my drive (C:\LaptopSoftware\USGS_EROS\AppInstall).


I've encountered the same issue and it is resolved by changing the directory. So, change your file directory to Driver Volume /D (if you have a partition of driver in your PC)


You should run bda.exe as admnistrator. Furthermore, its a good thing to install it outside the 'program files' folder.

Now I encountered a problem with high CPU usage, bda.exe was using 100% of CPU. But i found a way to limit the number of processors for it to use: (Task manager -> Details -> right click on bda.exe -> affinity -> let just 2 or 3 processors for bda, it's more than enough), it worked well.

  • Welcome to GIS Stackechange. I have edited out your follow up question "Does anyone know how to download the full list in sequence, automatically?" - If you take the Tour gis.stackexchange.com/tour you will get the idea, this is a focused questions and answers site rather than a forum. If you have separate question it is best to post it as a new question and ask for an answer that way. Oct 26, 2017 at 16:56

I experienced the same problem - easily resolved by changing the default installation folder from "Program Files" to (in my case) the main C drive.

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