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Visual Studio 2003 HTTP/1.1 500 Internal Server Error

Frinavale
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The following article is directed at people who are experiencing an HTTP/1.1 500 Internal Server Error while using Visual Studio 2003.

The error message typically sounds something like:
The web server reported the following error when attempting to create or open the Web Project located at the Following URL:http://localhost/Webapplication1’.HTTP/1.1 500 Internal Server Error’.
This error tends to rear it's ugly head when you're creating a new project after you've done a Windows Update or fresh Windows install. I'm not 100% sure why this error happens but it is quite common and can be quite frustrating to solve. What I think happens is that the .NET Framework is updated but isn't configured properly.

For instance:
  • After a fresh Windows install, .NET Framework 1.0 and the ASPNET user account is created to work with this Framework.
  • Then you go through all the Windows updates...which installs .NET Framework version 1.1 (and later versions), but the ASPNET user isn't updated to know how to use the newest version.

Keep in mind that if you are using Visual Studio 2003 to implement a web application, it uses the .NET Framework version 1.1. This means that if your server is configured to use version 2.0 (or later), you will encounter this error.

So, in trouble shooting this problem you should first check that you have .NET Framework 1.1 installed properly on your web server.

You can do this by:
  1. Opening Control Pannel
  2. Open Administrative Tools
  3. Open Internet Information Services
  4. Expand all the folders and find the "Default Web Site" folder (should look like a globe with a hand under it)
  5. Right click on the "Default Web Site" and select Properties
  6. Click the ASP .NET tab
  7. Select the proper ASP .NET version (Version 1.1)
  8. Click apply.

If this doesn't solve your problem you'll have to take some additional steps to re-create the ASPNET user account.

To fix this you'll need to recreate the ASPNET user and re-registered the .NET Framework version that you are using.

To do this:
  1. delete the ASPNET Windows user
  2. open a cmd window
  3. go to the directory where your Framework 1.1 is installed
    (this is likely in your C:\Windows\Micr osoft.NET\Frame work\v1.1.4322)
  4. type: aspnet_regiis -i
    (this will re-register the Framework 1.1 and reinstall your ASPNET user so that it works properly)

After you've done this, reboot and then double check that your IIS is still set up to use the .NET Framework 1.1.

Please note that you can still have .NET Framework versions that are newer than version 1.1 still installed on the computer, the important thing is that your IIS (and ASPNET user) is configured to use this version instead of any other version while implementing projects with Visual Studio 2003.

Hopefully this helped you.
Good luck with your future projects,

Cheers!

-Frinny
May 11 '07 #1
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nitinmishra82
1 New Member
thanx alot my problem is solved after i deleted aspnet user account and recreated that as told above
thanx
nitin
Jul 14 '07 #2
Frinavale
9,735 Recognized Expert Moderator Expert
thanx alot my problem is solved after i deleted aspnet user account and recreated that as told above
thanx
nitin
Good Stuff!
Glad to have helped :)
Jul 16 '07 #3
Motoma
3,237 Recognized Expert Specialist
Excellent post. I have had issues with this in the past; I managed to solve them, but never figured out the source of the problem.
Jul 16 '07 #4
bharathreddy
111 New Member
hai Frinavale ,

Very Nice Article. I faced the same problem.
Jul 19 '07 #5
rejumgeorge
1 New Member
Nice Stuff, it really helped
Jul 24 '07 #6
user316
1 New Member
I've tried all that was posted above and I am still getting the same error. Any other suggestions?
Nov 26 '07 #7
Frinavale
9,735 Recognized Expert Moderator Expert
I've tried all that was posted above and I am still getting the same error. Any other suggestions?
Try deleting the ASPNET user again, then reboot the computer before reinstalling the .NET Framework 1.1

Get back to us if you're still having problems.

-Frinny
Nov 27 '07 #8
keerthp
2 New Member
Hi Frinavale

Thanks a lot!!!
From morning, I was trying to resolve the error. Finally your post helped me a lot. Once again Thanks!
Feb 13 '08 #9
keerthp
2 New Member
Try deleting the ASPNET user again, then reboot the computer before reinstalling the .NET Framework 1.1

Get back to us if you're still having problems.

-Frinny
Hi Frinny

I'm still getting the same error. Can u help me with resolving the error?
Feb 13 '08 #10

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