IIS cannot start after upgrade to Vista SP1

Posted: Sep 22, 2008  8 comments  

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Some time ago, I tried to start up the IIS Management Console on my Vista machine and I received an exception. After trying a few quick fixes, I gave up. I had several VPC images that I worked from and I didn't particularly need this machine to work when I had so many others.  However, I've been doing a great deal of development on this machine now, and having IIS working is obviously rather handy. So, I tracked down the exception and solved my problem. I thought I'd go ahead and chronical my adventures for anyone else who is having this issue and needs help.

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Sep 22 2008 by Anonymous


I tried changing the file in:


The system wouldn't let me. Is this the right file?

Sep 26 2008 by Anonymous

No. The file you want should be in \windows\system32\inetsrv\config\

Sep 30 2008 by TobinTitus

Hey! Good job man. My IIS was back again. Thanks alot you saved my time.

Dec 03 2008 by Anonymous


I started to getting this error. I try to access IIS after a long time. I check the applicationhost.config file and it already has the configHistory entry with the corrected values. I am in a deep trouble, any help is greatly appriciated.

FYI. I upgraded to SP1 way back and I am 100% sure that I was able to access the IIS after that. My system is uptodate with Latest Windows updates. I have windows vista business edition (32 bit).


Jan 26 2009 by Amit Choudhary