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Web deployment task failed. (Could not connect to the remote computer ("localhost").

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First, thank you in advance for your help.

I have created an application within Visual Studio.  When I try to publish this application to my local machine I am getting the above error.  

The rest of the error message says, "On the remote computer make sure that Web Deploy is installed and that the required process ("Web Management Service") is started."

I checked, and the "Web Management Service" is started.  In addition and as a test, I disabled the Firewall on all profiles.  That didn't solve the problem either.

In another post it recommends that Web Deploy be uninstalled and then re-installed.  I tried that and it didn't solve the problem either.

I am running Windows 8.1.

What else should I try?

Thank you for your help.
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"localhost" is always and only the computer that the software is actually running on.  If the software is on a remote computer, you can not connect to it with "localhost" on your computer.  If that's all it is, try using the name or IP address of the remote computer.
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The software wasn't on a remote computer it was on the local machine.  So, your answer didn't solve the problem but you were certainly kind enough to at least offer a suggestion and begin a discussion.  After playing with it for a while I am now getting a different error which means I need to ask another question.
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Glad to help and thanks for the points.
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