ASP.NET 4.0 application error: Unrecognized attribute 'targetFramework'

If you are experiencing the following error when you attempt to open your web application:

An error occurred during the processing of a configuration file required to service this request. Please review the specific error details below and modify your configuration file appropriately.


Unrecognized attribute 'targetFramework'. Note that attribute names are case-sensitive.


The error is indicating that your account is configured to run with the ASP.NET 2.0 framework, but your application is an ASP.NET 4.0 application.

To fix this issue, you can go to Control Panel, navigate to "IIS manager" on the left hand, click ".net Application", click "change" icon to choose ASP.NET 4.0 and proper mode, and apply

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