IIS on Windows XP: There are too many people accessing the Web site at this time.

I started getting this error when I accessed pages hosted on IIS installed on my machine (I’m running Windows XP):

The page cannot be displayed
There are too many people accessing the Web site at this time.

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Please try the following:

Click the Refresh button, or try again later.

Open the localhost home page, and then look for links to the information you want.
HTTP 403.9 – Access Forbidden: Too many users are connected
Internet Information Services

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Technical Information (for support personnel)

Background:
This error can occur if the Web server is busy and cannot process your request due to heavy traffic.

More information:
Microsoft Support

The wierd thing was I was getting that error on Opera and IE, but everything was fine on Firefox.

Solution

My friend suggested the following:

  1. go to IIS Manager
  2. right click on ‘Default Web Site’ (under YOUR_MACHINE_NAME/Web Sites/) and choose properties
  3. change ‘Connection Timeout’ value to 10 seconds
  4. uncheck ‘HTTP Keep-Alives Enabled’
  5. save the changes

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