|Updated: January 5, 2001
Here's how to setup Personal
Web Server 4.0 in Windows 98
Start -> settings -> control
panel -> add remove programs -> windows setup tab
Click on "Internet Tools"
and select "Personal Web Server"
Windows 98 will ask for your
Windows 98 CD and install a very file that has instructions on how to install
"Personal Web Server" (PWS)
Go to: Start -> programs
-> accessories -> Internet tools -> personal webserver
This page tell you:
"The Windows 98 CD includes Personal Web Server (PWS); however, PWS requires
a separate setup step to be fully installed and configured. To install
PWS, you will need the Windows 98 CD, and you will need to follow these
Insert your Windows 98 CD
in its drive.
Click Start and then click
In the Run dialog box, type
Substitute the letter of
your CD drive for x, and click OK.
Follow the directions in
Personal Web Server setup."
At the first screen click
Here click on "Typical" which
gives us all the components we need
On this page you can specify
what directory the WWW service will be installed. The default is "C:\Inetpub\wwwroot".
We will use this since it is standard.
It will now install the personal
web server files onto your computer.
After the files are all copied,
you will have to restart your computer.
When your computer finishes
rebooting, you'll notice a little icon in your system tray that says "Personal
Webserver is running" and a desktop icon that says "Publish".
Double clicking on either
one will get you to the Web Server Management page.
Notice the "http://cyrix-333"?
I'm not actually running this site on a Cyrix (but I could), but used that
computer to demonstrate this PWS installation.
The webserver comes with
a default web page installed which you can view by clicking the URL following
"Your home page is available at:" In my case it is "http://cyrix-333".
Another way of getting to
your website is by entering "127.0.0.1" into the location bar of your web
browser. The rest of the address will pop up by itself as the default web
Personal webserver includes
several wizards to help you create a simple and fast home page. However,
most people will want to create their own websites using something more
Setup a quick home page:
Publish your website:
Take a tour of PWS:
Now you are ready to put
your own content on the web, but we should first go over a few things.
Default web directory: "c:\Inetpub\wwwroot" but you can change this if
you want in the "advanced section".
To see if this is going to
work, create a small text file called "index.html" using notepad or download
it here. By the way, "index.html" is the default page that UNIX webservers
use when they are not specified a file, but instead a directory. For example,
when you got to http://www.yahoo.com, it goes to http://www.yahoo.com/index.html.
However, since we're using a Windows server, the default web pages are
"Default.htm" and "Default.asp" But you can add your own default page under
"Advanced". The order that you list the pages is going to determine which
page is picked up in case you have more than one default webpage.
Here I added "index.html"
as a default document and rearranged the order so that index.html gets
picked up first.
Here is what the website
looks like, so we know it works just fine. Go ahead and put your own content
in the "c:\Inetpub\wwwroot" and you're set.