So I searched around and ran into this IIS forums post that talks about a similar problem: it turns out that when you are running a 32 bit application you cannot see certain files in the 64 bit system32 folder - Applcation Host.config among them.Files may be split between the system32 folder and system32Since x Plorer2 is 32 bit I get this (contrasted below with classic Explorer which does show the files): The top app is x Plorer2 the bottom standard old Explorer.Could you please suggest me how can we remove the whole location block?A number of days has past without answer on the questions asked.Can you point me in the right direction to read up about these type attacks please?
It turns out 64 bit Windows uses redirection in the System32 folder and while running with a 32 bit Explorer replacement and a 32 bit editor I was unable to find the file until I switched to the stock tools in Windows which are 64 bit.
In the end, the only way I could actually edit Application Host.config is with Notepad... I mentioned that I'm new to 64 bit, with this installation on the server being the first and this - this is really something I had no idea about.
This is whacky to the max and heck it doesn't even make any sense. so the search continues What a coincidence - I just ran into this issue today.
I did some searching around trying to find more information on this topic and it looks like there's very little info on this issue or at least it's not easy to find (here is one and another). I thought I was losing my mind and had to show another co-worker just to make sure I wasn't the one losing it.
Both of these describe the x64 File System Redirector which basically routes DLL access to 32 bit or 64 bit specific directories. before i figured out what happened, i seriously lost confidence in my windows skills (there's not that much to loose with windows itself). familyid=72d6aa49-787d-4118-ba5f-4f30fe913628) which is in itself .. In my case, I found the default web server wouldn't run due to a malformed application Host.config file.