I had a strange experience with MOSS 2007. As I’m working in my Virtual MOSS environment using STSADM.EXE utility, a pop up is being displayed with the following text

STSADM.EXE is not a valid win32 application

I was bit confused and started diagnosing the issue:

– Restarted the IIS

– Restarted the server machine

– Navigated to 12 hive bin and started STSADM from that location

None of the above trials are successful.

Finally I found out that STSADM.EXE has been corrupted, its windows icon is lost and the file size is being shown as zero.


Copy and paste the STSADM.EXE from other machine where SharePoint is installed.

Scenarios where in this issue occurs:

– Whenever we try to update and deploy a WSP Package

– When a new site is being created using STSADM utility

Root Cause:

Tried to figure out what has made the stsadm utility to be corrupted but ended up with no information.

If anyone else has encountered this error and/or has been able to reproduce it, please do post a reply