When you attempt to start the WWW Publishing Service for IIS 5.0 on Windows 2000, you receive the subject error.
This problem is caused by a corrupt metabase.
To resolve the problem:
1. Rename %SystemRoot%\System32\Inetsrv\Metabase.bin to Metabase.old.
2. Use Control Panel / Add/Remove Programs to remove IIS.
3. Reinstall IIS.