Error Message: Server failed to load application, 80004005

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When you run an ASP file, the following error messages occur:
Server Application Error
Server failed to load Application.
Event ID: 36
Source: W3SVC
Description: The server failed to load application ''. The error was '80004005'.


The corresponding Web application does not have a name specified or does not have the Script permission enabled.


  1. Start the Internet Service Manager (ISM), which loads the Internet Information Server snap-in for the Microsoft Management Console (MMC).
  2. Right-click the Web site (or virtual directory), and then click Properties.
  3. Click the Home Directory (or Virtual Directory) tab.
  4. Under Application Settings, if the Name text box is empty, type in a name.
  5. Click the Script permission check box to enable it.
  6. Click OK to return to the ISM.


Article ID: 200514 - Last Review: Jul 30, 2008 - Revision: 1