Error invalid network name with IIS

The Machine having IIS installed, has recently changed IP address, and as consequence the IIS service could not start as expected, giving you an error

popup: “The format of the specified network name is invalid”

Check this following registry key and correct it if none of the entries found match the current IP address:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\HTTP\Pa rameters\ListenOnlyList

127.0.0.1
192.168.x.x

Once changed, open a dos windows command line, then run this command to stop and start IIS

  • – net stop http /y
  • – net start w3svc

The IIS should restart sucesful.

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