Unable to launch the IIS Express Web server

This morning, I started a new project where the team use IIS Express instead of Visual Studio Web Server or IIS. For me, it’s new. Even if I have developed for several years with Visual Studio, I always used Visual Studio Web Server (Cassini) or the full IIS.

The install of IIS Express is quite simple with Microsoft Web Platform Installer and can be easily configured by Visual Studio (in the property window of the project) and from the configuration file inside the IISExpress folder of your My Document.

Unable to launch the IIS Express Web server

This happened when the project was launch. After checking if the port was blocked, check if projects were correctly compiled, I decided to remove IIS Express completly. I have to say that IIS 7.5 was installed and once the problem occured that I tried to install 8.0 over it. So, everything got uninstalled and I installed everything from scratch. I also did not use my team mate configuration file (which were edited to point to the correct path). I also installed directly IIS Express 8.0 and decided to let Visual Studio on the first launch to create the Virtual Directory with a new configuration file. From there, everything worked.

I suggest you to start uninstalling everything, remove the configuration file from you My Document folder, re-install and let Visual Studio on the first launch create everything.

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4 thoughts on “Unable to launch the IIS Express Web server

  1. It’s amazing how many different solutions there are to one really simple issue. Anyways, there’s one thing that’s the same with each solution. Go into the IIS Express file and delete the config file entirely. Run Visual Studio and you will be prompted to allow VS to create a new config file. That’s all it takes to fix the issue.

  2. It’s amazing how arrogant some people are, Evan. Guess what? Your “solution” didn’t work. Any other brilliant ideas?

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