In this post I’ll explain how to install WAMP server on a computer (with a Windows operating server). As briefly and as simply as possible. Do it as explained here, don’t skip anything! The order is important. My advice is to read this first to the end, then go back to the top and follow the step by step instructions.
If Windows updates, or DOT Net installation is problematic for you, let me know in the comment section below, so I’ll upload a tutorial for that as well – as soon as I can.
The basics of this stack are explained in the post LAMP stack installation on Linux.
Separate post explains how to create a database using PhpMyAdmin and add user privileges.
1. Deinstalling services that cause problems with WAMP
Close Skype – and check if it’s still active by looking in the taskbar. It is down-right, right click on Skype icon (if Skype is still active), then choose Close/Exit Skype. Alternative is to prevent Skype from using ports 80 and 443 (I won’t explain how to do this here, now). Third option is to uninstall Skype (and find a better software for that use).
Disable Microsoft IIS (Internet Information Services). This can be done either by uninstalling from Control Panel -> Programs and features (or Add/remove programs in older Windows versions). Or disabling the service(s) from the computer management options (I won’t be explaining this now).
Since you’re reading this, I suppose you’ve had problems with installing WAMP, so the necessary step would also be deinstalling WAMP, before re-installing. Do it, or it won’t work.
Instructions given below will require a few computer restarts. If you haven’t deinstalled the above listed programs, but just disabled them, confirm they are re-disabled before installing WAMP. They will be running again after each computer restart (unless you set differently in computer management options).
2. Download needed software and services
Here I’ll first share some “official” links. Why? So you can go and check official, updated software and installation instructions.
However, since for me they didn’t work, both instructions and especially some download links (even on Microsoft’s website), I packed all the needed files into one zip file, that can be downloaded, unpacked and used for the installation. I have done a virus scan, then used it on two different computers and one laptop, it’s worked for me, but I must put a disclaimer: you can use all the instructions and files given here at your own risk.
Download link that worked for me:
“(more)official” download links (that didn’t all work well for me):
- WAMP Installation instructions and prerequisites – from wamp forum – link to the first page.
- Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable – a link to all the versions (not all the links work).
3. WAMP server installation procedure
If you are using the files from my download link:
- Files I uploaded are for 64-bit Windows systems. If your system is older – do install a newer Windows, not just for WAMP.
- File that you’ll download iz .zip (compressed). Uncompress it to a directory before starting the installation(s). A directory “wamp-install” will be created with all the files inside.
- Files are numerated (“01_microsoft_dot…”, “02_2008-a-vcredist…” and so on). They should be installed in the given order.
- Update Windows, restart the computer, then check if there are any new updates – just in case. This can be problematic and, with your own discretion, you could skip this step. But I’d recommend to go with an updated Windows 10, 64 bit version.
- If you already have the latest Microsoft Dot Net version installed, you’ll be notified of this when trying to install the first file. That’s OK. In that case you don’t need that first file.
- File “14_TROUBLESHOOTING…” is to be used in case WAMP is not working. Otherwise don’t install it.
- Important: restart the computer after installing the files “07_2013vcredist_x64.exe” and “12_2019bVC_redist.x64.exe”.
- Update Windows (again, at your own discretion), using the option of updating all the services.
- When you run “13_wampserver3.1.9_x64.exe”, choose an install path at the root directory of the system partition (C usually). Like: “C:\wamp”, or “C:\wamp64”. Restart the computer before testing if WAMP works.
If you will be using other sources (for files/download links):
- Install the newest Microsoft DOT Net.
- Then install Visual C++ Redistributable versions: 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017 i 2019.
- It is important to install both the 64 and 32 bit versions – along with newest updates/patches.
What’s left now is to create a database in PhpMyAdmin and start making websites.