Jeff, If indeed the metabase is corrupt, then one solution maybe to uninstall IIS, delete the metabase.bin file (which is where the metabase resides), and then reinstall IIS. You'd need to recreate your settings etc however. Another possible troubleshooting step might be to use the IISState tool from: http://www.iisfaq.com/default.aspx?view=P197 which you'd need to attach to the inetinfo.exe process to see what's causing W3WSC service to crash. Cheers Ken ----- Original Message ----- From: "Jeff Howden" <jeff at jeffhowden.com> To: "evolt.org - thelist" <thelist at lists.evolt.org> Sent: Tuesday, April 06, 2004 3:46 PM Subject: [thelist] IIS Nightmare : For the second time in as many months, I've had a nightmarish problem with : IIS5 on Win2k Server. For some reason, at this point unknown to me, it's : been failing with the following error: : : Type: Error : Event ID: 7031 : : The World Wide Web Publishing Service service terminated unexpectedly. It : has done this 53 time(s). The following corrective action will be taken in : 0 milliseconds: No action. : : What I've found so far suggests a corrupt metabase or possible infection by : Code Red. I'm not sure how to check if the metabase is corrupt, but I can : say for certain the machine is not infected with Code Red. : : My "solution" before was to back everything up and rebuild. I *really* : don't have the time for that right now. Plus, the client on this machine : isn't going to be too pleased about the loss of business during the : downtime.