I have come across this error multiple times at work. This problem occurs because the default value for the maxRequestLength parameter in the section of the Machine.config or Web.Config file is 4096 (4 megabytes). As a result, files that are larger than this value are not uploaded by default.
To resolve this problem, use one of the following methods:
- In the Machine.config file, change the maxRequestLength attribute of the <httpRuntime> configuration section to a larger value. This change affects the whole computer.
- In the Web.config file, override the value of maxRequestLength for the application. For example, the following entry in Web.config allows files that are less than or equal to 1 GB to be uploaded:
<httpRuntime maxRequestLength="1048576" />
Max value for maxRequestLength attribute is "1048576" (1 GB) for .NET Framework 1.0 or 1.1 and "2097151" (2 GB) for .NET Framework 2.0.
Note: During the upload process of large files, built-in ASP.NET loads the whole file in memory before the user can save the file to the disk. Therefore, the process may recycle because of the memoryLimit attribute of the processModel tag in the Machine.config file. More info you can find in Microsoft KB article: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;295626