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IIS 7 Access to the path ‘c:\windows\system32\inetsrv\’ is denied

If you encountered an error related to:

Access to the path ‘c:\windows\system32\inetsrv\<filename>’ is denied.

It means that the credential wherein your site or webservice is running doesn’t have permission to that folder.

Steps below describes how to fix it:

1. Browse to the directory -> %windir%\System32

2. Right Click on the inetsrv folder and select Properties

3. Click the Security Tab -> Click Advance Button

4. Select the Owner Tab and click Edit Button, Select Administrators group and Click Apply.

5. Run the command prompt as Administrator and type:

 cacls %windir%\system32\inetsrv /G <Insert Identity here where App pool is running>:F

Ex: cacls %windir%\system32\inetsrv /G RPAULO\WCFServiceUser:F


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  1. November 15, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    Very good trick!! It worked perferct for me! Thank you very much!

  2. milind
    June 27, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    I am getting error “Access to the path ‘c:\windows\system32\inetsrv\6523077984YNNDPF’ is denied.” so please let me know what is “RPAULO” and “WCFServiceUser”

  3. ganesh
    September 25, 2014 at 9:02 am

    Great….. it works for me

  4. samer kour
    December 2, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    for more info about cacls command see http://ss64.com/nt/cacls.html

  5. Angel
    September 19, 2015 at 1:27 am

    Thank you very much

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