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This covers how to quickly set up your computer (running Windows) as a server. This will allow you to host your own website from your computer and will let you to make web pages with 'buttons' allowing you to control things in your home (robots, cameras, etc) from the internet (I'll cover that in future instructables).

We'll be using apache: very popular, free, open source server software.

While making your computer into a server will be very quick, you should read through the Apache http server software documentation to learn about how to set it up securely (so that people don't hack into your computer). I'll give this advice but read elsewhere for more:
1) best to install this server software on an old computer that you don't use for anything other than as a server.
2) best to create a seperate user account in windows with limited system access and install this software in that account.

If you want to do this on linux instead of windows (more secure, slightly more complicated) the best combination would be puppy linux and xamp for the server software. Puppy linux can be loaded off a usb jump drive or a CD, so you don't need to uninstall windows, just boot the computer with one of those. Here's easy setup videos for puppy linux: http://rhinoweb.us/
See this instructable for how to install xamp once you have puppy linux (or some other linux) working:

Step 1: Download Apache Server Software

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Download the apache http server software from this apache mirror site:

_Or_ go to http://www.apache.org/, navigate to the download from mirrors page, pick a mirror and download from there. As you can see from the above link, you'll want to navigate to the mirror's apache, httpd, binaries, win32 folder.

What To Download:
= You should download the newest version (highest version number), it's 2.2.6 as I type this. Check here to see what the newest version is if you want: http://httpd.apache.org/
= You want the .msi file, this is a windows installation file (like an .exe)

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MayurT21 month ago

this is what i get in the link.where is the .msi file?

PriyankS32 months ago
Nice work.
It is really very helpful for me.

sunil9311 months ago

Good work leevonk, was great help for me,

I am also working on Home Automation project ,but I don't have much idea about HTML coding,can you please recommend some links to start from.

Thanx in advance .

SonuP sunil939 months ago

I found this site pretty useful in terms of finding simple HTML templates, implementing drop down menu, tabs in JS etc.


sunil93 SonuP9 months ago

thank you for the link

check this site too. If you want to learn from basic


Sunil93 contact please


-Here. if you really have no idea of building a website you could use this you can download it and you can use it without net.

thank you for the link :)


-Here. if you really have no idea of building a website you could use this you can download it and you can use it without net.


-Here. if you really have no idea of building a website you could use this you can download it and you can use it without net.

SonuP9 months ago

If you want to make it quick just follow these steps on


I was bored of trying various other things but this worked well for me.

sayan.kar.39710 months ago

This error message is showing...!!! please help...!!!

Ala ud dinJ11 months ago

Nice software.


ghost2541 year ago
Can this be used as a regular website?
kdatta3 years ago
is there any other way of hosting a site........by making our site as server
kdatta3 years ago
reply me i need to start a server........ its not filling the boxes automatically.........
kdatta3 years ago
if it does not fills the boxes automatically what to do i am not understanding
ganeshjha3 years ago
kids know more than your post "Make Your Computer Into A Server in 10 Minutes (free software)"
apatni4 years ago
i want to make 1 system as server n i have 10 system connected in LAN so how i can make a normal system into a server
could you please tell me the exact name of the file I should download
because there are multiple msi's with the same number
zebsolo4 years ago
where do you put the website html files
so if i have a dynamic dyns account using the adderess

what exactly should i put in the 3 blanks during install?
If you use ddns, you can get a domain free for a limited time.

Once you start using a web server, you will wonder why you never used one before. I run my private apache web server on an old an old pII. It is currently running Ubuntu though I prefer debian when I am not running centos. I had it on I think ubuntu server 6.x and have done in-place upgrades as they came along the way to 9.x. (i.e. no reformatting or disk wiping). This is an example of the actual web pages i run on it. http://www.instructables.com/id/Uses-for-your-own-private-cloud/ I have since added doing home automation on it. Keep finding uses for that legacy computer. Microsoft Windows Supporters said I should have thrown away a long time ago. It is not what you use, but how you use it.

Wampserver is an alternative to xaamp.
REA7 years ago
im going to assume it works for Win 98.
Derin7 years ago
Oh No!It didnt fill in anything!
Bongmaster7 years ago
I wouldn't recommend using windows.. try Puppy Linux 8or whatever distro u like) and XAMPP.. fast and easy.. and a hell of a lot more secure..
leevonk (author)  Bongmaster7 years ago
it's a lot easier to do with windows, but yes it would be more secure with linux. I agree that puppy linux would be a good choice since you can load it off a CD so don't even need to uninstall windows.
I think I agree, i'd like to see it for Linux, perhaps Ubuntu or Suse.
ubuntu server edition...
leevonk (author)  mikedoth7 years ago
hey, look, tada:


looks like someone has already made a linux xamp installation instructable
dude, that links already in this instructable, go read it agiain. xD (thats a comliment coming from me BTW, i make stupid mistakes all the time) lol
if you get the dotpup of xampp its so easy.. it runs streaght from the get go.. i have been using puppy, and xampp for ages and have no problems. (appart form my hardware.. but thats old)
leevonk (author)  Bongmaster7 years ago
ok, maybe I'll try that, thanks for the advice :)
I agree Xampp with the auto install is much easier, that's what I use.. I like Obuntu linux system as well
PureBreed7 years ago
if ur rich, go buy a 4,000 dollar server computer. xD wish i had the money
BloodRaven7 years ago
If you have a computer you use a lot, would it mess it up? I have a vista and wanted to make another account on it and use that as a server, but don't want it being destroyed because of it
cris11337 years ago
ill also host a AA server
cris11337 years ago
nice! now i can host an online game without paying $300 dollars per month
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