Programming Tutorials

Setting up PHP in Windows 2003 Server IIS7, and WinXP 64

By: Fernando in PHP Tutorials on 2011-03-26  

    1. Download PHP:

      • Go to the official PHP website ( and download the latest version of PHP for Windows.
      • Choose the version that matches your system architecture (32-bit or 64-bit).
      • Extract the downloaded file to a suitable directory.
    2. Install the Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable:

    3. Configure PHP:

      • Rename the file "php.ini-development" to "php.ini".
      • Open "php.ini" in a text editor and configure PHP to meet your needs. For example, you may need to set the "extension_dir" to the directory where you want to store PHP extensions.
    4. Configure IIS:

      • Open the Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager.
      • Create a new website or edit an existing website.
      • In the website properties, select the "Home Directory" tab and click "Configuration".
      • Click "Add" and enter the following information:
        • Executable: Browse to the location of the "php-cgi.exe" file.
        • Extension: .php
        • Verbs: Limit to GET,HEAD,POST
        • Script engine: Check the box
        • Check the box "Verify that file exists"
      • Click "OK" to save the changes.
    5. Test PHP:

      • Create a new PHP file in the directory configured in step 4 with the following content:
        <?php phpinfo(); ?>
      • Save the file with a .php extension (e.g. "test.php").
      • Navigate to the file in a web browser (e.g. http://localhost/test.php).
      • If everything is set up correctly, you should see the PHP configuration information displayed in the browser.

    That's it! You should now have PHP installed and running on Windows Server 2003 IIS7 or Windows XP 64.

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