Ninja Nichols

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IIS Manager stuck minimized in Taskbar

I found myself in an odd predicament earlier when I couldn’t get the IIS Manager on one of our Windows Server 2008 R2 boxes to open. When I tried to open it, the IIS icon showed in the taskbar but clicking on it had no effect. I tried just about everything to restore it, even restarting the box to no avail.

The fix for me was to run Inetmgr.exe /reset which resets your IIS preferences, including window size and placement.

  • Ronald

    Thanks for posting this! Got stuck on this issue 🙂

  • Larry

    This did not work for me. I got an error saying ‘InetMgr.exe’ is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file.

    • NinjaNichols

      I think InetMgr.exe is located under “C:WindowsSystem32inetsrv”. Try opening a cmd prompt there and run the command again.

  • steve


    I don’t know how much long I could cope with having to open Server Manager and navigate through Roles > Web Server > Internet Information services to get to IIS.