I’ve found that I get this error every time I upload a Silverlight application to a new webserver. IIS does not have the correct settings by default.
The Problem: You ftp a Silverlight App to an IIS website, go to the website in a browser, and get the following error:
Message: Unhandled Error in Silverlight Application
Message: Could not download the Silverlight application. Check web server settings
The Cause: The Silverlight Mime types (.xaml, .xap and .xbap) are not listed in that websites registered mime types, therefore IIS will not send those files to the browser.
The Solution: Open IIS on the server, go to HTTP headers, click on Mime Types, click “Add New” and add the following:
Extension – Mime Type
.xaml – application/xaml+xml
.xap – application/x-silverlight-app
.xbap – application/x-ms-xbap
Hit Apply and your application will load!
This post originally appeared on the Stronico blog – with the absorption of Stronico into Digital Tool Factory this post has been moved to the Digital Tool Factory blog
Written By Steve French