[FIXED] IIS w3svc error


I am trying to start my website in IIS, whenever I try to start my website I get the following error

Cannot start service w3svc on computer

I tried to start “World wide web publishing service”, but I was unable to start it as it said:

Error 1068: The dependency service or group failed to start

Meanwhile when I checked my log I found this error,

The World Wide Web Publishing Service service depends on the HTTP service which failed to start because of the following error:
The service cannot be started, either because it is disabled or because it has no enabled devices associated with it.

Please help me, I am badly caught with this error, I have spent a week researching this error but haven’t found a solution yet.


  1. Confirm that "Windows Management Instrumentation" is started and its start up type is set to automatic.

  2. Also make sure the following dependency services are started for World Wide Web Publishing Service:

    • Windows Process Activation Service
    • Remote Procedure Call (RPC)
    • DCOM Server Process Launcher
    • RPC Endpoint Mapper.
  3. Open regedit, navigate to [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\HTTP]:
    a) Double click on Start and change value data from 4(disabled) to 3(automatically).
    b) Delete "NoRun" key if this key exists.

  4. (warning: backup any IIS website configuration first). UN-install "Internet information Service" and "Windows process activation service(if it is already installed)" from "Turn windows feature on or off" and Restart your PC.

  5. Type the below command in CMD and press enter:

     net start http

Now it will notify you that service is already running.

  1. Re-install Internet information Service from "Turn windows feature on or off".

  2. Start IIS and my websites are started now, no more "w3svc service is not running error."

Answered By – Asad Ullah

Answer Checked By – Timothy Miller (FixeMe Admin)

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