How to install Web Server PHP MySQL and WordPress on Windows

How to install Web Server PHP MySQL and WordPress on Windows

This is a step-by-step and a video guide on how to install Web Server (IIS) on Windows 7 (works on Win 8 and 10) then Install PHP, MySQL, phpmyadmin and then WordPress. All this in 40 minutes. From an empty Windows 7 machine to fully functional Web Server.

Please refer to the video but I also provide a written step-by-step instructions on what I do in the video with links to downloads.

0. Turn off User Account Control !
1. Install IIS from Programs and Features -> Turn Windows Features on and off. Choose Internet Information Services and expand. Also check CGI and some more features from the Application Development sub menu.

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2. Open from Control Panel -> System and Security -> Administrative Tools
2. Test your web server with http://localhost. If you see the IIS picture – You have a working Web Server
4. Go to -> Downloads and download your desired PHP Version. Usually x86 threat safe zip download. For older versions and archives –
5. Copy the files in the zip file and paste them into C:\PHP. Create the folder PHP manually.
6. Go to and download the 64 (or 32) bit installer. Run the installer. If you are running a later version of Windows like 8 or 10 then your IIS version will also be higher and the installer won’t run. To work around this open regedit in Run and navigate to HKLM/System/CurrectControlSet/Services/W3SVC/Parameters and open the MajorVersion DWORD. Change the value from 10 to 9 or 8 and try to install again.
7. Open the IIS Manager and choose PHP Manager when selecting the Default Web site
8. Click on register new PHP version and choose the path where you unpacked the PHP files. In our case C:\PHP and point to the php-cgi.exe and click Ok.
9. Your IIS is now linked with PHP via FastCGI
10. Now while in IIS Manager go to Default Document and click Add on the right menu. Type index.php and click OK. Now with the arrows on the right menu put the index.php to the top of the list. Acknowledge any warnings that inheritance will break.
11. Go and test your php. Put an index.php file with some example php code inside in your C:\inetpub\wwwroot directory and give it a try by opening your http://localhost in a browser.
12. If you see the php page – You have installed PHP successfully. If not leave a comment and I wil try to help you.
13. If you receive a Internal Server Error 500 – FastCGI process exited unexpectedly go to and download the 32bit version of the Visual C++. Try opening the localhost again. Should be fine.
14. Time to get the MySQL. Go to On Select Platform choose Download on the MySQL Installer MSI.
15. Choose bigger installation
16. Click on No thanks just start my download and downlaod the file. It’s around 370 MB.
17. Run the installation file. – Choose Server Only and install.
18. Time to configure the MySQL install. For Config Type choose Server Machine if your Web server (like in our case) is on the same server as your MySQL and choose Dedicated Machine if your Web Server and MySQL are on different servers.
If you want your MySQL to use the least memory – choose Development Machine. It will assume that it’s not a production MySQL that will serve a lot of requests.
19. Leave the connectivity checks as they are. Go to Next.
20. Choose a password for the account “root”. You cannot change the root username but you choose the password. If you want to create your own user with special permissions go to MySQL User Accounts and click Add User and create your own user. Once Ready go to Next
21. Definately leave “Configure MySQL Server as a Windows Service” checked and the same for “Start the MySQL Server at System Startup”. Windows Service Name – change it if you want. No Impact.
22. On Run Windows Service as… leave it on Standard System Account. If you have a good reason to use a specific account – choose Custom User but i would Recommend staying with Standard System Account. Click Next and then Execute.
23. Now you need something to manage your MySQL with. I suggest using the free phpMyAdmin. Go to and download.
24. Go to C:\inetpub\wwwroot directory and create a folder called phpmyadmin and unpack all the files in it.
25. Open http://localhost/phpmyadmin. You should see the Phpmyadmin welcome page. For username use root and the password you’ve chosen on the MySQL install in step 20. Now you are inside your MySQL seen through phpmyadmin. Leave the page opened.
26. Now we are ready to install WordPress, Forums, joomla, Drupal and etc. Let’s install WordPress as an example. Go to and download the latest WordPress.
27. Unpack everything into your wwwroot directory.
28. Open http://localhost. You should see the WordPress Logo. Click Let’s Start.
29. Go back to your browser tab where you have http://localhost/phpmyadmin opened or open it again if you closed it. Go to Databases and create a new database. That’s it. We need it blank
30. Go back to your WordPress tab on http://localhost . Fill in the information :
Database Name: Use the name of the database you created in phpmyadin in step 29.
User Name: Use the username you login into phpymadmin which should be the same as Step 20.
Password: And the password.
Database host: Leave localhost.
Table Prefix: leave the default – wp_
Click Submit.
31. It will say Sorry but I can’t write to wp-config.php file. Go to your wwwroot directory and create a file called wp-config.php. Open it with Notepad and paste the code from the WordPress page. Save
32. Go back to your WordPress page and click Run the Install.
33. Type in a Site Title (you can change later if you don’t like it), Type a Username and password for your new WordPress site (best to choose different from your MySQL logins). Type a fake or real email, it doesn’t matter. If you want search enginers to crawl
your site leave the check on Privacy and click on Install WordPress button.
34. If all goes fine you should see Success! and a Log in button.
35. Congrats! You have a WordPress blog now. The installations of Joomla, PHPBB, vBulletin, SMF, Drupal are almost identical to this installation so you should be good installing them easily.

And here is the video:

Wordpress Web Server

IIS 7 Web Server

MySQL Web Server

phpMyAdmin Web Server

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