In Windows XP the process name for IIS was inetinfo.exe. I don't see it in Windows 7 in the task manager? It seems things have changed. Is it still a separate process?

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In Windows 7, w3wp.exe is the process that now responsible for serving the Web sites. Check this out IIS 7 Architecture. By default, there is no Inetinfo.exe process or IIS Admin Service in Windows 7 in fact from Windows Vista onwards.

  • I had "show all processes to all users" unchecked. Now I see both inetinfo.exe and w3wp.exe. So inetinfo.exe is there. Mar 18, 2010 at 17:19
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    If you have IIS 6 Metabase Compatibility installed only then you will see inetinfo.exe and IISADMIN service. Check this out blogs.msdn.com/vivekkum/archive/2008/05/07/… Mar 18, 2010 at 17:29
  • This is also the exe to attach to for Visual Studio to debug and step through your server side code. It also shows up with the Visual Studio remove debugger server.
    – Josh P
    Jan 6, 2015 at 20:54
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    why in the world wouldnt they call it IIS.exe? Sep 18, 2018 at 16:41

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