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?

  • Hey, thanks for the suggestion, but this is definetely not the problem :(
    – Dave
    Dec 14, 2010 at 12:51
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    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, 2010 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 - howtogeek.com/howto/windows/… - this sorted it. Thanks for the suggestion problem solved. Boy do I feel stupid :)
    – Dave
    Dec 14, 2010 at 12:59
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    We have all done it- glad your problem is solved :)
    – AliGibbs
    Dec 15, 2010 at 9:41
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    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 Dec 16, 2010 at 6:58

I found a new solution. First, when we get this error IIS Manager couldn't appear. Go to IIS Manager and right click to go Properties. On the shortcut section you can see Run line. Change this value to Maximized and click Apply or OK. Open IIS Manager again.

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    It's insane that this worked for me - ty so much.
    – Ash
    Jul 27, 2020 at 22:29
  • Glad to help :) Aug 4, 2020 at 14:47

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.

  • How do you "run explorer.exe as a new task"? Dec 31, 2015 at 16:48
  • I figured it out, go to File -> Run in Task Manager, type in "explorer" and hit enter Dec 31, 2015 at 16:51

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

  • 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, 2010 at 12:53

Tried the solutions above this is the only thing that worked. Task manager > Expand IIS manager > Maximize

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If right clicking on the shortcut does not present you with the Maximize option then wait until a window hovers over the shortcut (assuming it's pinned to your task bar and your mouse is on the shortcut) then right click the window. Maximize worked for me. Glad I didn't do a reset or install/uninstall

IIS10 running on Windows Server 2019 Standard


Based on other answers here, you can click the IIS Manager link, hit Alt+space and hit maximize or move

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