Microsoft KB Archive/205518

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Article ID: 205518

Article Last Modified on 7/2/2007


  • Microsoft Personal Web Server 4.0
  • Microsoft Personal Web Server 1.0
  • Microsoft FrontPage 2000 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Personal Web Server 1.0
  • Microsoft Peer Web Services 3.0
  • Microsoft Internet Information Server 4.0

This article was previously published under Q205518

For a Microsoft FrontPage 98 version of this article, see 194292.
For a Microsoft FrontPage 97 and earlier version of this article, see 171717.


When you create a Web with a name that ends with an extension, such as .com, .dll, or .exe, you will experience the following symptoms:

  • You are prompted repeatedly to enter your password.


  • You receive an HTTP 500 error message repeatedly.


  • An empty Web is created.

In contrast, this problem does not occur if your Web ends with an extension, such as .bat or .asp.


The Web server interprets the Web name as a command that it cannot execute.


When you receive the Password prompt, click Cancel. You may need to click Cancel as many as six times.

If you receive the HTTP 500 error message, click OK. You may need to click OK as many as three times. Delete the empty Web and create a new Web that does not use the .com, .dll, or .exe file extension.


The password dialog box may prompt you for administrator, author, or end- user permission. If you open another Web before you delete the empty Web, you will not be able to open the empty Web again. In this case, you will need to delete the Web in Windows Explorer and you will need to edit the Services.cnf configuration file to remove it from the list of Webs that appear in FrontPage.

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