HttpUtility.HtmlEncode() fails in Application_Start with "Response is not available in this context" - by Joshua Flanagan

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ID 578670 Comments
Status Closed Workarounds
Type Bug Repros 11
Opened 7/26/2010 3:50:00 PM
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The HttpUtility encoding methods cannot be used with Application_Start. They work correctly in a console application (when no HttpContext exists), but fail within a web application (where HttpContext is not null) when a Request is not being processed.
This works correctly when running under .NET 2.0.
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Posted by Microsoft on 7/6/2012 at 3:38 PM
This is fixed in ASP.NET 4.5.
Posted by doyle_am on 3/8/2011 at 2:56 AM
What is the procedure for obtaining a resolution to this now that the issue is closed? I'm unable to find a related hotfix or patch for either VS2010 or IIS.
Posted by Doug Wilson ( on 11/10/2010 at 2:55 PM
I see this as well on an ASP.NET project that we are upgrading to .NET 4. This behavior is only visible under IIS - the VS Web Dev Server works as expected. We see this under both Windows 7 x64 and Windows Server 2008 x64.
Posted by William Gross on 10/15/2010 at 2:00 PM
I can reproduce this bug as well. When will the fix be available?
Posted by Joshua Flanagan on 8/11/2010 at 9:05 AM
I see this issue has been marked as Closed/Fixed. Will the issue be updated with details of how the fix will be delivered (hotfix, service pack, next product release, etc)?
Posted by Microsoft on 7/27/2010 at 7:21 PM
Thanks again for your feedback.
We are routing this issue to the appropriate group within the Visual Studio Product Team for triage and resolution.These specialized experts will follow-up with your issue.
Posted by Joshua Flanagan on 7/27/2010 at 8:05 AM
I have attached a zip file that contains a Web Site project, and a screenshot of the error.

Make sure you run the website under IIS (NOT the Visual Studio web server).

I am running on IIS on Windows 7 x64 and see the error every time.
Posted by Microsoft on 7/27/2010 at 3:23 AM
Thank you for reporting this issue.
But we were not able to reproduce it with the steps you provided. Could you please attach a demo project and some screenshots to help us investigate this issue?
Posted by Microsoft on 7/26/2010 at 5:04 PM
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