I got a very obscure and obtuse error running an ASP.NET application under Visual Studio and IIS Express recently. I’m running a Windows 10 Insiders (Fast Ring) build, so it’s likely an issue with that, but since I was able to resolve the issue simply, I figured I’d blog it for
I would run the ASP.NET app from within Visual Studio and get this totally useless error. It was happening VERY early in the bootstrapping process and NOT in my application. It pretty clearly is happening somewhere in the depths of IIS Express, perhaps in a configurator in HttpRuntime.
Specified argument was out of the range of valid values.
Parameter name: site
I fixed it by going to Windows Features and installing “IIS Hostable Web Core,” part of Internet Information Services. I did this in an attempt to “fix whatever’s wrong with IIS Express.”
That seems to “repair” IIS Express. I’ll update this post if I learn more, but hopefully if you got to this post, this fixed it for you also.
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