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Metadata already exists error

I re-installed Windows 2000 Pro. When I installed the IIS, it gave me an error message about Metadata already existing. Windows gave me three choices: Retry, Write un-encrypted, Write All un-encrypted. I went with the last choice. Now when I go into Internet Manager and Click on the Web Site, an Error pops up, "Object all ready exists." I can't do anything else with the Web Site.

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My suggestion is to remove the IIS services using the Control Panel Add/Remove Windows Components applet. After the services have been removed, delete the %SystemRoot%\System32\Inetsrv directory. It may be sufficient to delete the metabase file, Metabase.bin. After you've cleaned things up, re-install IIS using the same Add/Remove Windows Components applet and you should be just fine!

This was first published in May 2001

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