.NET Parsing Error

We all know that many applications rely on the Microsoft .NET framework.  A lot of the time various application installation or operating feature issues can be resolved by making sure you have the most updated .NET framework, but sometime there are problems even with up to date installations.  In the past, I have dealt with this error below:

“Error parsing C:WINDOWSMicrosoft.NETFrameworkv4.0.30319configmachine.config Parser returned error 0x80070005”

The error code means that access is denied to the specific location.  If you are logged in as an Administrator you will most likely not receive this error. However, for other standard users this error will continue to display.  If the application causing this issue was working before, the likely cause is that a Windows Update corrupted the permissions on the machine.config file.  You can try to manually change the permissions, but it is easier to just remove the .Net Framework 4 Client Profile and Extended applications from Programs and Features.  Once complete, re-install .Net and that should resolve the issue.  In my experience, just repairing .Net has not resolved the issue so it is always best to remove and re-install.

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