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How to Install IIS on Windows XP


This help page shows you how to install Microsoft's Internet Information Services (IIS) 5.1 web server for Windows XP Professional.

Can it be installed on Windows XP Home Edition?


Why do I need to do this?

Contract Eagle is a browser-based software product which requires Microsoft's web server platform to run. All other systems supported by Contract Eagle (eg. Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows 7, WIndows Server 2008) allow IIS to be installed automatically. Windows XP Professional does not support this facility and therefore you need to follow these manual steps to complete the installation.

Lets Get Started

IIS isn't installed by default on a standard installation of Windows XP Professional. If you are not sure then it is most likely that it isn't already installed.
You will need your Windows XP Professional CD with you and you will need to be able to log in as an administrator on your computer.

Step 1 - Control PanelAddRemovePrograms

Go to Control Panel -> Add Remove Programs 

Step 2 - Windows Configuration

AddRemoveWindowsClick Add/Remove Windows Components

Step 3 - Select IIS

 The Windows Component Wizard will appear. You need to select the Internet Information Services (IIS) checkbox and then click Next.

Step 4 - Insert Your XP Professional CD

Now you will probably be asked to insert your Windows XP Professional CD.
Do not be concerned if you do not see this step. It means your system has probably been installed via the network, meaning you don't have to locate and insert your CD.

Step 5 - Installing

Once your WIndows XP Professional CD (or network based installation) is available you will see a window like the following, indicating that Internet Information Services is being installed.

Step 6 - Finished

When installation has finished you will see the following window, which shows that you have successfully installed Microsoft Internet Information Services 5.1.

Step 7 - Configure ASP.NET

This step registers Microsofts "DOT NET" technology within the IIS Web Server.
You may achieve this by clicking the "Configure ASP .NET" button within the Contract Eagle Installation Assistant. (Technical Note: This executes "aspnet_regiis -i" for .Net v2.0) 


IIS has now been installed and the Contract Eagle setup assistant will be able to complete its installation for you.



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