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HOW TO: Turn Off the Internet Explorer 5.x and 6.x "Show Friendly HTTP Error Messages" Feature on the Server Side
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This step-by-step article describes different methods to turn off the "Show Friendly HTTP Error Messages" feature on the server.
According to the HTTP 1.1 specification, Internet Information Services (IIS) 5.0 returns a status code of 500 for any response that is not handled by another 1xx, 2xx, 3xx, 4xx, or 5xx status code, such as "302 - Object Moved", or "404 - File not Found". Because IIS 4.0 does not strictly follow RFC 2616, it returns Active Server Pages (ASP)-based Microsoft Visual Basic Scripting Edition (VBScript) errors with a status code of 200.
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RFC 2616Several frequently-seen status codes have "friendly" error messages that Internet Explorer 5.x displays and that effectively mask the actual text message that the server sends. However, these "friendly" error messages are only displayed if the response that is sent to the client is less than or equal to a specified threshold. For example, to see the exact text of an HTTP 500 response, the content length must be greater than 512 bytes.
For additional information about all status codes that display friendly error messages and the registry location for the corresponding error threshold to override that friendly message, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
218155To display the actual message that the Web server sends, use one of the following methods.
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/218155/EN-US/ )Description of Hypertext Transport Protocol Error Messages
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(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/261200/EN-US/ )HTTP 500 Error Displays Instead of ASP Error from 500-100.asp
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/150312/EN-US/ )HOWTO: Install an ISAPI Filter Dynamic-Link Library