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When you browse to an ASP.NET (.aspx) page, you may receive the following error message
with the stack trace:
Access denied to 'C:\Inetpub\Wwwroot' directory. Failed to start monitoring directory changes.
Alternatively, you may receive the following error message
[HttpException (0x80004005): Access denied to 'C:\Inetpub\Wwwroot' directory.Failed to start monitoring directory changes.] System.Web.NativeDirMonCompletion..ctor(String dir, Boolean watchSubtree, Boolean renamesOnly, NativeFileChangeNotification callback) System.Web.FileChangesMonitor.StartMonitoringDirectoryRenamesAndBinDirectory(String dir, FileChangeEventHandler callback) System.Web.HttpRuntime.StartMonitoringDirectoryRenamesAndBinDirectory() System.Web.HttpRuntime.FirstRequestInit(HttpContext context) [HttpException (0x80004005): ASP.NET Initialization Error] System.Web.HttpRuntime.FirstRequestInit(HttpContext context) System.Web.HttpRuntime.ProcessRequestInternal(HttpWorkerRequest wr)
with the stack trace:
Server cannot access application directory 'C:\Inetpub\Wwwroot\Virtual Directory Name\'. The directory does not exist or is not accessible because of security settings.
By design, in Microsoft Windows 2000 and in Microsoft Windows XP, ASP.NET requires read, execute, and list access for the ASPNET account (the Aspnet_wp.exe process account) on the root Web site or on any virtual directory. Similarly, in Microsoft Windows Server 2003, ASP.NET requires read, execute, and list access for the NETWORK SERVICE account (the W3wp.exe process account) on the root Web site or on any virtual directory. This is necessary so that ASP.NET can access the content files and can monitor file changes.
To add read, execute, and list access for the ASPNET account on the root Web site or on any virtual directory, follow these steps:
If you receive either of the error messages that are listed in the "Symptoms" section but your stack trace differs from the stack traces in the "Symptoms" section, the cause for your error message may be different.
For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/317955/EN-US/ )FIX: "Failed to Start Monitoring Directory Changes" Error Message When You Browse to an ASP.NET Page
For additional information about ASP.NET security issues on a domain controller, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/315158/EN-US/ )PRB: ASP.NET Does Not Work with a Non-Administrator Domain Account on a Domain Controller
Article ID: 316721 - Last Review: February 23, 2007 - Revision: 4.8