Recently the ASP.NET development server on my machine could not work. When F5 is pressed in Visual Studio 2008, IE started and displayed “Internet Explorer cannot display the webpage”. This problem nagged me for a couple of days. I checked a lot of things, including logs, firewall, anti-virus software, project settings, the webdev.webserver.exe process, etc. They did not work. Finally I find my hosts file was somehow modified:
On Windows XP SP2 + IE 7 and later Windows, files from Internet are marked. Sometimes this feature causes problems.