Installing and Enabling IIS Webserver Locally on Windows 7

March 7, 2010 | Filed under Windows 7


Windows 7 comes with IIS 7.5, which is short for Internet Information Services. It is a set of Internet-based services for servers created by Microsoft for use with Microsoft Windows. It is the world’s second most popular web server in terms of overall websites behind the industry leader Apache HTTP Server. In short, if you rented a Windows dedicated server and want to host your website in there, one of the option is to enable the IIS service.

It sounds very complex but fortunately installing and enabling IIS service on Windows 7 is very easy with only a few clicks of a mouse button. First go to Control Panel, then go to Programs and Features. At the left pane, click on “Turn Windows features on or off” and the Windows Features will appear. Look for Internet Information Services and click once on the checkbox then click OK. Windows 7 will start installing IIS and automatic close when it’s finished.

Once you’re done, open Internet Explorer and type the following URL http://localhost or You should see a page load with multiple language of the word Welcome and a huge IIS7 logo in the middle. OK you’ve successfully installed IIS on Windows 7, now what? To test your HTML page, upload or copy it to C:\inetpub\wwwroot. By default there are only 2 files at the wwwroot folder that is iisstart.htm and welcome.png. You can delete those 2 files and place your main index page (index.html).

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