Setting up your first web server on windows with Apache, PHP and MySQL
by Amit Arora
Published: August 5, 2003
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Installing PHP

  1. Unzip the php installation zip file to a directory such as "C:\PHP" or "D:\PHP". For this article we 'll assume that PHP is installed in "C:\PHP" directory.

    Make sure that while unzipping, you have selected the options to hierarchically create sub-folders. For e.g. "Use folder name" (in WinZip). This option 'll automatically create the subdirectory and put the respective files in them automatically.

  2. After you have unzipped the files, Edit the "php.ini" file. If the php.ini file does't exists, then copy and rename the "php.ini-recommended" to "php.ini".

    Edit php.ini file and find the "extension_dir" entry and enter the absolute path of the directory


    make sure you enter the directory where you installed the PHP and take care of the slashes while entering. Save and close the file.

  3. Enter the following command in the command prompt in the PHP directory

    php -v

    If you see the the version of php printed without any errors. The PHP has been successfully installed.

    1. While editing php.ini look for line like having text like c:\Program Files\Zend\ZendOpimizer.dll or linking to similar file. Make sure that the file exists in the exact same position. If not comment out the line by putting a ; (semi-colon) as the first character of the line.

    2. Also, if you have enabled few extensions like extension=php_xslt.dll, then these extensions require few files found in c:\php\dlls like expat.dll, sablot.dll, iconv.dll, etc which are needed to be moved to the WINDOWS\System32 folder. You 'll find out when you check the version of php or start Apache (integrated with PHP).

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