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unable to activate SharePoint Server Publishing feature site level in SharePoint 2013

Recently in a migration project, we faced one issue while trying to activate SharePoint 2013 publishing feature in a subsite. The error comes as:

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The feature failed to activate because a list at ‘PublishingImages’ already exists in this site. Delete or rename the list and try activating the feature again.

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Date and Time: 11/30/2015 12:27:29 AM

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The issue basically comes for us in MOSS 2007 to SharePoint 2013 migrated sites. I got two approaches to solve the issue.

First Approach:
We need to go to the PublishingImages library and rename the document library name to some other from the library settings page.

Then try to activate the publishing feature.

Second Approach:
For few subsites the other approach I have tried is I have activated the Publishing feature by using PowerShell command by using the -Force parameter.

The command is like below:

Enable-SPFeature -Identity PublishingWeb -URL https://SiteURL/ -Force

Hope this will be helpful.

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