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Very strange issue here - I simply cannot open the IIS 7 manager by choosing it directly.

My OS is Windows 7, and as such, I can see it's opened on the Start Menu aswell as a preview of the window itself when I hover over it. I cannot however, see the actual window itself. I can click it on the task bar (it does 'start'), and it doesn't report any errors - it's as though the window will not maximise...

Even more strangely, I can open the IIS manager by starting the MMC and adding the IIS Manager snap in - which works fine...

Any thoughts?


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I wonder if it's on a "2nd monitor", what happens if you right click on the taskbar icon, and select move, and then move it to your main monitor? Does that bring it back?

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Hey, thanks for the suggestion, but this is definetely not the problem :( – Dave Dec 14 '10 at 12:51
Can you telnet to the host/port that it's listening on- i.e. is it really listening? (also, have you tried a reboot?) – AliGibbs Dec 14 '10 at 12:56
I've tried a reboot and the IIS process itself is still working. Following your suggestiong though, I had a closer look -… - this sorted it. Thanks for the suggestion problem solved. Boy do I feel stupid :) – Dave Dec 14 '10 at 12:59
We have all done it- glad your problem is solved :) – AliGibbs Dec 15 '10 at 9:41
By the way, if you run Inetmgr.exe /reset it will run and reset its preferences which includes the starting position which would also "fix" the problem – Carlos Aguilar Mares Dec 16 '10 at 6:58

After just experiencing this problem myself the solution I found in the end was to open task-manager shut down explorer.exe in the Processes tab, maximize IIS in the Applications tab and then run explorer.exe as a new task.

I am aware of the age of this thread however I just had this happen to me on a machine running Server 2008 R2 and this post was the only related article I could find so I'm hoping my contribution will help a future user in need.

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How do you "run explorer.exe as a new task"? – reggaeguitar Dec 31 '15 at 16:48
I figured it out, go to File -> Run in Task Manager, type in "explorer" and hit enter – reggaeguitar Dec 31 '15 at 16:51

Do you have MOSS installed? If so, check this. KB Article

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Thanks for the suggestion Chris - I tried working through that but it hasn't had any effect so I don't think this is the issue :( – Dave Dec 14 '10 at 12:53

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