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MS-PWS and custom error messages

Posted on 1999-07-05
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Last Modified: 2013-12-25
Here is a question I just can't locate the answer to. Mainly because the documentation sucks with Microsoft's Personal Web Server (PWS).

I would like to offer up custom error messages when a user requests a page that doesn't exist. So if my server sends a 404 error, I want my own graphic page to be sent too.

How can I do this with PWS?

I will increase the points if this is even posible and what I am offering isn't enough for your effort.
Question by:schworak
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mouatts earned 200 total points
ID: 1863768
If you look in c:/help/common (assume that your help is on c:) you will find a bunch of .htm files there names match up to the http error. Simply modify this page to customise the error message. So for a 404 edit 404.htm.

Incidentaly if you are using IIS as well these pages are shared so changing it will effect both servers unless you change the page that IIS uses.


Author Comment

ID: 1863769
Thanks! That was a big help.

It turned out to be c:\windows\help\common but close enough. I guess I should have just done a search for 404 in the first place.
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ID: 1863770
Yep sorry about that. I forgot that I moved all my help files.


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