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From Stephan G <>
Subject [users@httpd] Quirks of running Apache on Windows Vista Home Premium
Date Thu, 19 Jul 2007 23:45:52 GMT

I am not real experienced with Apache, but have just gotten it working 
on Windows Vista Home Premium with only a modicum of difficulty.

I am running version 2.2.4 and have loaded the PHP module 5.2.3 with it. 
  All seems hunky dory except one thing.  When every I boot up my 
system, a dialog box is shown on my screen.  This dialog box (I have 
determined) is placed there by a process called "apachemonitor.exe". 
The title bar reads "ERROR", and there is a big red X in the dialog box, 
indicating a problem, but the notation in the dialog box states "The 
operation completed successfully".  I clear the dialog box by hitting 
the OK button, and then the process associated with the image 
"Apachemonitor.exe" seems to disappear.  And then Apache, at least so 
far, seems to work fine.

Does anyone know why this is happening and what it means?  Is there 
actually an error I need to care about?  If not, is there any way to 
suppress the appearance of this dialog box which seems to tell me in a 
rather alarming way that everything is OK?

For the record, here is what I had to do to install Apache under Vista. 
  This may be of interest to others attempting to do so.

I downloaded the windows installer file 

If I merely ran that file, even though my account has administrator 
priviledges, there were a host of errors and Apache was unable to function.

What I had to do was open command window with Administrator privileges, 
change directories to the location where I had downloaded the installer 
from the Apache mirror, and then execute the following command:

	msiexec /i apache_2.2.4-win32-x86-openssl-0.9.8d.msi

Then everything was copacetic.  It does mean, however, that all the 
files and directories created in the installation are owned by and can 
only be modified by SYSTEM, meaning that (for example) you need to run 
your text editor with elevated administrator privileges to edit the 
httpd.conf file, or you need to add yourself to the list of users with 
privileges to edit those files and directories.  Kind of a pain all 
round, actually.

But mainly, this posting is to get information about that weird dialog 
box that seems to indicate there is an error but that everything is cool.

Thanks in advance for any information.


The installer MUST be run as administrator for the system to work.  The 
only way I was able to accomplish this was to

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