My sp2013 central admin site appears as the images shown above. No css, javascript, or images work. What should I check to determine the issue? I have seen in the forums that some say it's a permissions issue or check the ULS logs. I have checked the logs but I see no errors regarding loading images or javascript. Some mention an IE browser issue. Our IE settings are controlled by GPO.

sharepoint 2013 central administration

  • have you tried to clear the browser cache? also reset IIS on the central admin server?
    – Waqas Sarwar MVP
    Commented Apr 20, 2017 at 16:59
  • Try to Run SP Config Wizard
    – Supermode
    Commented Apr 21, 2017 at 5:10
  • reprovision the central admin may fix the problem..
    – Waqas Sarwar MVP
    Commented Apr 21, 2017 at 18:23

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Try hold the Control key while pressing F5. This looks like an issue with the style sheet used by your browser, and Ctrl-F5 will force a refresh of all the files used to service this request, overwriting any potential corruption in your cache.

  • I have tried cntrl-f5 and that doesn't work. I have tried this in IE 9.0 and IE 11.0
    – haazim2
    Commented Apr 20, 2017 at 16:49
  • Have you tried from multiple machines and different accounts? Commented Apr 20, 2017 at 18:23
  • I tried from some different workstations and I get the same thing. I did however use f12 in IE checked css. CSS tried loading but failed. Javascript errors because the js functions are undefined.
    – haazim2
    Commented Apr 20, 2017 at 20:38
  • So... What changes have been made to the system recently? Do the JavaScript files still exist on the server? Commented Apr 20, 2017 at 22:27
  • Question You cannot vote on your own post 0 I solved this issue. In trying to access other sites on this same development server I was getting 500 internal server error and 404 errors. I was specifically getting internal server errror 500.19 which complained about something wrong in the web.config file in c:\programs files\common files\microsoft shared\web servers extensions\template\layouts. So I copied a web.config from production to test and the central admin page now displays correctly and my other web sites display correctly too. Thanks for all the suggestions.
    – haazim2
    Commented Apr 21, 2017 at 18:07

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