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IIS Wont start error 13 data is invalid

I got the following error when trying to figure out why I couldn’t start IIS 7 on Windows Server 2008 R2.    I tried to start the World Wide Web Publishing Service but its dependency Windows Activation Service wouldn’t start.   I got the following error in the Event Log:

The Windows Process Activation Service service terminated with the following error:
The data is invalid.

After doing some research, I found a good article here.   But I still had the issue, it turned out that I had a valid applicationHost.config file but my C:\Windows\system32\inetsrv\config\schema\NetFx40_IIS_schema_update.xml file was corrupt and had invalid XML.   So I was able to recover the XML file from the C:\inetput\history\schema folder.  Fewl!   Run all the services again and had no problems.

References:

http://www.gringod.com/2008/08/15/when-iis-wont-start-error-13/

http://www.gringod.com/2008/08/15/when-iis-wont-start-error-13/”