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error occurred loading a configuration file - in VS 2008 on one computer but not on another

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I developed a web application in VS 2008 using one PC and I don't get any errors.
I opend the web app on another PC with VS 2008, first directly from the UNC path, \\server\E$\Inetpub\Website, then but opening a copy of the Solution created on the other pc.  In both cases I get the error below:  (Blue squiggly line under top line)

I closed and reopened the site and still get the error.  1st PC is Windows XP, 2nd PC is Windows 7.

We have recently moved all our web apps from a Windows 2003 (IIS6) server to a new Windows 2008R2 (IIS7.5) server, but the site has been working fine and opening fine on the 1st PC.  I've had to try to work on it with the 2nd PC because the first one keeps crashing (unrelated problem).

This line of the error is strange because it shows the path to the web.config file as if the web page was a folder.  Is that normal?
\\IntraServ\e$\inetpub\QATools\wp_jobseeker.aspx\web.config

{oh, please don't just show me a link to support.microsoft.com/kb/31####.  I already read it. It didn't help. Thanks.}
<%@ Register assembly="AjaxControlToolkit" namespace="AjaxControlToolkit" tagprefix="cc1" %>
Warning 1 \\IntraServ\e$\inetpub\QATools\WP_JobSeeker.aspx: 
ASP.NET runtime error: An error occurred loading a configuration file:
 Failed to start monitoring changes to 
'\\IntraServ\e$\inetpub\QATools\wp_jobseeker.aspx' 
because access is denied.
 (\\IntraServ\e$\inetpub\QATools\wp_jobseeker.aspx\web.config)
	File:\\IntraServ\e$\inetpub\QATools\WP_JobSeeker.aspx	
Line:1	Line:1	Project:\\IntraServ\e$\inetpub\QATools\

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by:Kamal Khaleefa
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are u using ajax?

when u move to the new server you have to install ajax there
also make sure all the dll are imported correctly and exist in ur system
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Yes, I'm using AJAX in most of my web applications, a dozen or so.  I moved them to the new server a few weeks ago and everything works fine when I edit them in VS2008 on the 1st PC.  

Are you saying I need to reinstall AJAX on the server because I'm loading the web app on a different PC?
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i think so
or make sure the ajax dll are referenced in ur project
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Oh, I probably need to install AJAX in VS on the new PC.  I just installed VS yesterday and haven't added anything to it.  I'll go do that right now...
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Okay, I installed AJAX Toolkit 40412 for 3.5 on the new VS install.  No change.  I still get the same error on the new PC.
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mmmm..?
try to exclude and then include ur dll files and compile ur project and then build it
try to show me the full error
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show me screen shot if possible
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>>>Sorry, I just got out of a meeting<<<
I opened an extremely simple web app project and just loaded an .html file into VS.  This .html file has, like a pair of <div> tags with "TEST" between then.  When I tried to run debug it I got this:

------ Build started: Project: \\intraserv\e$\inetpub\WIACaseLoad\, Configuration: Debug Any CPU ------
Validating Web Site
: Build (web): Failed to start monitoring changes to '\\intraserv\e$\inetpub\WIACaseLoad\global.asax' because access is denied.

Seems to be related.
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by:Kamal Khaleefa
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because access is denied. ??
maybe it is domain security problem
why u don't copy the full project and put it on ur machine and run it from there it is much better than through the network
also on ur folder which contain the project do the following
right click ---properties---security---add the network service to ur folder
and give it full permission
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On my local machine, like, C:\My Documents\Visual Studio 2008\Projects\Website1 ?
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I added Network Service to my projects folder with full control.

I looked at the security settings for \\Server\E$\Inetpub and Network Service had only "list folder contents" and "Read" checked.  I change it to full control... it's still going through the files...
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i hope it will work
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me too.  ;-)
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It's still setting security settings on every file in Inetpub.  I hope I didn't just goof.  8-O
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...our Intranet is a document management system so there are 10 to the 12th files in there.
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Same error.

I tried excluding then including the AjaxControlToolkit.dll then rebuilding the project but it wouldn't build and I got this error in addition to the same one above.

Error      28      Failed to start monitoring changes to '\\IntraServ\e$\inetpub\QATools\global.asax' because access is denied.            

It's obviously a permissions thing but I don't know what to change.
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I don't see a global.asax file in the folder specified in the error.
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I do have show all files selected in the Solution Explorer.
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I just discovered, after much Googling around and checking permissions and permission inheritance in IIS and on all the folders from Inetpub down, that if I run Visual Studio "As Administrator" the error goes away.
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