HTTP Error 405.0 when you visit a website that is hosted on a server that is running IIS

This article helps you resolve HTTP Error 405.0. This error occurs when you visit a website that's hosted on a server running Internet Information Services (IIS).

Original product version:   Internet Information Services 7.0 and later versions
Original KB number:   942051

Symptoms

Consider the following scenario. You have a website that is hosted on a server that is running Internet Information Services (IIS) 7.0 or a later version. When a user goes to this website, the user receives an error message that resembles the following example:

Server Error in Application "application name"
HTTP Error 405.0 - Method not allowed
HRESULT: 0x80070001
Description of HRESULT
The page you are looking for cannot be displayed because an invalid method (HTTP verb) is being used.

Cause 1

This problem occurs because the client makes a Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) request by using an HTTP method that doesn't comply with the HTTP specifications.

Cause 2

This problem occurs because a client makes an HTTP request by sending the POST method to a page that is configured to be handled by the StaticFile handler. For example, a client sends the POST method to a static HTML page. However, pages that are configured for the StaticFile handler don't support the POST method.

Cause 3

WebDAV Publishing interferes with HTTP PUT.

Resolution for cause 1

Make sure that the client sends a request that contains a valid HTTP method. To do so, follow these steps:

  1. Select Start, type Notepad in the Start Search box, right-click Notepad, and then select Run as administrator.

    Note

    If you are prompted for an administrator password or for a confirmation, type the password, or provide confirmation.

  2. On the File menu, select Open. In the File name box, type %windir%\system32\inetsrv\config\applicationhost.config, and then select Open.

  3. In the ApplicationHost.config file, locate the <handlers> tag.

  4. Make sure that all the handlers use valid HTTP methods.

  5. Save the ApplicationHost.config file.

Resolution for cause 2

Send the POST request to a page that's configured to be handled by a handler other than the StaticFile handler. For example, the ASPClassic handler. Or, change the request that is being handled by the StaticFile handler so that it's a GET request instead of a POST request.

Resolution for cause 3

Remove WebDAV modules and handlers from the Web.config file. Also remove the WebDAV Publishing feature from your computer if it's not being used. To do so, follow these steps:

  1. Select Start, type Turn Windows features on or off in the Start Search box, and then select Turn Windows features on or off.
  2. In the Windows Features window, expand Internet Information Services -> Would Wide Web Services -> Common HTTP Features.
  3. Uncheck the WebDAV Publishing feature.