Thursday, July 1, 2010

Windows could not start the Windows Process Activation Service service on Local Computer.

Got a hit from my IIS 7, which hosts Share Point 2010.World wide web publishing service refused to start as there is a dependency with Windows Process activation service. It just says

The World Wide Web Publishing Service service depends on the Windows Process Activation Service service which failed to start because of the following error: The system cannot find the file specified

Restarting WAS results in

"The Windows Process Activation Service service terminated with the following error:The system cannot find the file specified."

Fortunately Scott Hanselman's blog article comes to the rescue to identify the issue. Some of folders within c:\inetpub was missing and Scott taught the way to locate the problem using Process monitor.

Good to have an additional tool narrow down the issue.


Unleashing SharePoint 2007 said...

I am stuck with a same Issue, but my temp folder c:\inetpub\temp\apppools do exists, but there are not temp files in there.
Problem is that I cant get any services to start at my machine.
I am using Windows 2008 X64, did applied patch but no avail. How to you resolve it ?Your help will be appreciated

Anonymous said...

The apppools folder fix worked for me.

I had uninstalled and reinstalled IIS.

badicuady said...

Very good. Thanks a lot!