How Do I Setup a Web Server in Windows 10?


Angela Bailey

Setting up a web server in Windows 10 can seem like a daunting task, but fear not! With the right tools and a little guidance, you’ll have your web server up and running in no time. In this tutorial, we’ll walk you through the step-by-step process of setting up a web server on your Windows 10 machine.

Step 1: Install Apache

To begin, we need to install Apache – one of the most popular web servers available. Apache is free, open-source, and widely used for hosting websites.

To install Apache on Windows 10:

  • Step 1: Open your preferred web browser and visit the Apache Lounge website (
  • Step 2: Navigate to the downloads section and choose the appropriate version of Apache for Windows.
  • Step 3: Once downloaded, run the installer and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation.

Step 2: Configure Apache

Congratulations! You’ve successfully installed Apache on your Windows 10 machine. Now, let’s configure it to ensure it works as expected.

To configure Apache:

  1. a) Locate the “httpd.conf” file:
  2. The “httpd.conf” file contains all the configuration settings for Apache. By default, it is located in the “conf” folder within your Apache installation directory.

    • Tip:
    • If you chose the default installation location, you can find the “conf” folder at:

      C:\Program Files\Apache Group\Apache2\conf

  3. b) Edit the “httpd.conf” file:
  4. Open the “httpd.conf” file using a text editor (e.g., Notepad). Look for the following line:

    #LoadModule rewrite_module modules/

    Remove the “#” at the beginning of the line to uncomment it. This enables Apache’s URL rewriting module, which is useful for creating SEO-friendly URLs.

  5. c) Save and close the “httpd.conf” file:
  6. After making the necessary changes, save and close the “httpd.conf” file.

Step 3: Start Apache

You’re almost there! It’s time to start Apache and see if everything is working correctly.

To start Apache:

  1. a) Open a command prompt:
    • Tip:
    • You can open a command prompt by pressing the Windows key, typing “cmd,” and hitting Enter.

  2. b) Change to your Apache installation directory:
    • Tip:
    • If you chose the default installation location, you can use this command to navigate to your Apache installation directory:

      cd C:\Program Files\Apache Group\Apache2\bin

  3. c) Start Apache:
  4. Once inside the “bin” directory, type the following command to start Apache:


  5. d) Verify Apache is running:
  6. Open your web browser and enter “http://localhost” in the address bar. If Apache is running correctly, you should see a message indicating that it’s working.


Congratulations! You’ve successfully set up a web server on your Windows 10 machine. Now you can start hosting and developing websites locally.

In this tutorial, we covered the installation of Apache, configuration of the “httpd.conf” file, and starting the Apache server. Remember to explore further documentation to take full advantage of Apache’s features and customize it according to your needs.

Happy web serving!

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