Thursday, June 14, 2012

What is w3wp.exe used for?

w3wp.exe is a process for the application pool in IIS. There can be multiple instances of it running if there is more than one application pool on your system. It is a safe processs that can be killed with CTRL+ALT+DEL.

Formally, an Internet Information Services (IIS) worker process is a windows process (w3wp.exe) which runs Web applications, and is responsible for handling requests sent to a Web Server for a specific application pool. Each application pool with create an instance of w3wp.exe.


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