One of our readers Sarfaraj sent us following Windows Network Problem
I have some problem time to time. I get this error sometimes which says
“Computer Not accessible. You might not have permission to use this network resource.Contact the administrator of this server to find out If you have access permission to this server. No more connections can be made to this remote computer at this time because there are already as many connections as this computer can accept.”
This problem occurs only form time to time. I solved this problem by re-starting the computer. After re-start this problem is solved. Please tell me why this problem occurs.
Here is the screenshot of the same problem sent by him:
In this article we will share the reason for this problem and solution to it.
The Windows XP computer has limit of remote connections it can accept as a server to other computer. In simpler words, there is a limit to how many computers can connect to one Windows XP computer at one time.
For Winnows XP professional edition, this limit is of 10 connections per computer. For windows XP Home edition, there can be 5 connections. Each printer share or file share is counted as one connection.
Once a connections is established, it will not be closed for 15 minutes after it is not used. So even if a computer has no active connections, it still might be waiting for the idle or unused connections to terminate after a 15 minutes time out. This created a problem that in some time, all the available connections get exhausted.
To solve this problem, this timeout time of 15 minutes can be reduced so that the idle connections are terminated soon so that other connection can be established with it. Follow the below steps to change the default timeout time to 1 minute instead of 15 minutes:
1. Go to Start > Run
2. Type “net config server /autodisconnect:1” without quotes and press Ok.
This will change the default timeout time to 1 minute. This means that if any connections is not in use for more than 1 minute, it will be closed so that other connections to that computer can be established for file sharing.
If there are more than 10 connections needed for your work, you have two choices:
- Upgrade to server license of windows which will allow more connections but will cost you some money.
- You can use some other server softwares for sharing like Samba server or some other file sharing servers like FTP server.
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