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It was one of those days where I had so much junk on my computer that I decided to reformat it and start fresh. It was a "wonderful" feeling after the whole long process was complete (I since then made a recovery backup archive of my clean system). However, my feel-good story hit an interesting turning-point and started to turn into a B-rated drive-thru horror flick when I ran into a problem while running a .NET web site locally on my computer (cue the dramatic musical score): Server Application Unavailable The web application you are attempting to access on this web server is currently unavailable. Please hit the "Refresh" button in your web browser to retry your request. ...skipping the excessive violent fight and car chase forwarding to the happy ending... Here are the articles that saved the day from (cue Tonto and the calvary):
Verifying the .NET Framework was Installed after Microsoft IIS Setting the ASP.NET State Service to Run Automatically
I "think" Microsoft's Automatic Updates must have installed the .NET Framework automatically before I was able to install IIS from Windows' Add/Remove Windows Components function (this can happen when you leave your newly reformatted computer running all day to download updates), OR ...and quite possibly...staying awake till 3am impaired my judgment and I just downloaded and installed all updates that I could possibly get. Who knows the real reason?!?!'s fixed...and now I am waiting for the inevitable hollywood-cash-grab sequel.

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