How to fix ChatGPT high demand error on Windows PC

Shaant Minhas


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ChatGPT has taken the world by storm. Used by professionals, academics, students, and enthusiastic technologists alike, it’s only going to get more entrenched into our lives.  

But as it’s always the case, soaring popularity often brings a host of complications along. In the case of ChatGPT, high demand has often led to errors of all kinds. The most popular one is the error of encountering “inability to access services because of highly exceptional demand”. So let’s look at some of the available workarounds for this debilitating error.

How to fix ChatGPT in high demand on Windows PC

Often encountered along with a “We’re experiencing exceptionally high demand” dialog box, the high demand error in ChatGPT often occurs when a large number of users are simultaneously competing for ChatGPT resources .

While you obviously don’t have a say on how many users can access the service at any given time, you can try out a few hacks to get it working. So without further ado, here are a few ways you can fix your ChatGPT errors on a Windows PC.

1. Refresh the webpage

The simplest of solutions are often the most overlooked. Whenever you encounter a problem with a web app, you should first try to refresh your webpage.

One of the important reasons is that when you’re on a particular page, the information on that specific page has already been downloaded. So even if the web page starts working in a few seconds, you won’t see it reflected on your webpage. Therefore, refresh your webpage and see if you can get things working again.

2. Clear the cache

Perhaps another trite solution that has been done to death, clearing your browser’s caches, is often recommended for the commonest problems. “Why that is the case?” you might perhaps ask. 

In simple terms, a cache is a file that stores your files after downloading them from the internet—the fonts, the images, and so on. This helps you load your pages much faster. And, if you haven’t cleared your cache for a while, it’s very a possibility that you may only encounter an older, saved version of the website. 

This can drag you into all sorts of problems, including seeing an older website version where you couldn’t access it for various reasons. Here’s how to clear your browser cache:

  1. Go to the Settings menu of your browser and head to the Caches and Cookies section.
  2. In case of Firefox, head to the Cookies and Site Data under the Privacy & Security section.
  3. Click on Clear Data and then select Clear to get rid of your cahces.

 clear data firefox

While I’ve picked Firefox here, other browsers have the similar generic steps to clear the cache. So, clear the cache and see if you can access ChatGPT again.

3. Log out of your VPN

access blocked

Do you use VPN a lot? Are you logged into your VPN while you’re trying to access ChatGPT? That can be a cause of your problem.

In most cases, trying to access your ChatGPT account while you’re logged into your VPN account will get your account blocked for those sessions. However, depending on the area you’ve logged into from the VPN, it can sometimes lead to high-demand errors as well.

So, log out of your VPN while accessing the ChatGPT account, and you will be able to access it without any hiccups.

4. Reset your IP address

OpenAI, the parent company behind ChatGPT, will sometimes flag your IP address for what they believe to be some suspicious activity. This can lead you to all sorts of errors—a “high-demand” ChatGPT error being one small part of them.

So its often a good idea to reset the TCP/IP address on your Windows, and then see if you encounter any problems on your PC. Here’s how you can get started:

  • Open the Command prompt as an admin and type in the following command and hit Enter for each of them:

netsh winsock reset

netsh int ip reset

ipconfig /release

ipconfig /renew

ipconfig /flushDNS

That’s it—your IP address will be reset, and you can try to access the ChatGPT browser once again.

5. Wait it out

hour glass

Sometimes the best thing to do is not doing anything. Of course, you should try out all the options beforehand, but if you still can make things work, waiting it out is always your best option.

If too many people are indeed using the ChatGPT service, there’s not much you can do right now. So wait for half an hour at least, and then give it a go again. In some cases, you might even have to wait a few hours.  

Fixing high demand error on ChatGPT in Windows

That’s it, folks. What we’ve laid out above are some of the best ways to get your ChatGPT account to work again if you’re having trouble accessing it. Give them all a spin, and see if you can get your account to work again. It’s also important to remember that while you can try out all the hacks from above, in some cases you might still fail to get ChatGPT working.

In situations like that, it’s important to remember that you can always rely on other Chatbots, such as Bard, Claude, etc. If you have other out-of-box suggestions, please leave them in the comments section below.