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 This tutorial shows you howto install Apache, PHP and MySQL on a Windows 98, 2000 or XP system.

Few words...

It is known that PHP and MySQL are until now the best combination of programming languages for the Web. The strong point is given by the fact that both of PHP and MySQL are Open Source, anybody could use it for free. And Apache is most powerfull, secure and of course most used Web Server. PHP and MySQL run on Windows and Unix/Linux platforms. For that reason design and implementation of a dynamic website could be done on both platforms.

PHP and MySQL run on boths but which is recommended?

Well, shortly: Windows for development, Unix/Linux for production. Every computer professional recomend that for two reasons: Windows is easyer to use, even by a newbie, but is not so stable and secure, and Unix/Linux is secure and of course stable. Also, on Windows you will find more development tools. But please keep in mind, nobody encourage the usage of Apache, PHP and MySQL on Windows Servers. Also before installing Apache Web Server on some windows systems please read the following documentation from Apache:

Installation instructions step by step

Step 1. Download Apache Web Server from the Internet

Go to: and download Apache Web Server. You must choose the version you want. The last version is 2.2.2, so we recommend you to choose that version. If you have external modules for Apache, if those modules are not compiled for that version of Apache then you must use the exact version. Some of this modules may be required if you want to install a complex PHP script, like a CMS (Content Management System) a buletin board (forum) or other complex PHP application.

Pay attention to that: before installing Apache if you are a ASP developer and use other web sever like Personal Web Server or IIS then you must close that websever, because usualy it runs on the 80 port, that will be used by Apache, otherwise it won't work.

After you've downloaded Apache, double click to install it. You will be asked to fill in the address of your webserver, at this point fill in "localhost".