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I am trying to install Apache HTTP Server v2.2.14 on a machine recently upgraded to Windows 7. It worked fine under Windows XP, but when I go to install this in Windows 7, the install script appears to hang. In the install wizard dialog it states:

Installing Apache HTTP Server 2.2.14
The program features you selected are being installed.

Please wait while the Installation Wizard installs Apache HTTP Server 2.2.14. This may take several minutes.

Status:

<progress bar with thin sliver at left edge that makes no progress>

I tried with and without openSSL support, both fail the same way.

Is this known to work on Windows 7? If so, how do I debug what is going wrong?

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Okay, Windows 7 is not impressing me. I figured out the issue. There was a dialog hidden underneath the install wizard asking if I really wanted to run the install because it was from an unknown source. I would expect any such dialog to be raised above not below. Only by accident did I discover it was lying in wait hidden below.

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Are you attempting to install Apache on a version of Windows 7 with BranchCache enabled?

If BranchCache is enabled, port 80 is used by Windows.

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Seems strange that the install would need port 80 access. Is BranchCache enabled by default on Windows 7? I have made no changes that I am aware of to how it is set by the install of Windows 7 by default. – WilliamKF Jan 7 '10 at 3:39
    
Branchcache is only available on Enterprise/Ultimate for Windows 7. You can use netstat -a or a program like TcpView from SysInternals to determine if anything is locally listening on port 80. – Darren Hall Jan 7 '10 at 3:55

This link has a nice detailed tutorial

http://lifeofageekadmin.com/how-install-apache-2-4-php-5-4-and-mysql-5-5-21-on-windows-7/

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At the moment, this post is essentially only a link. To make sure the answer remains useful even if the link breaks, please edit it to include the relevant information. (Your answer was discovered in an effort to repair or remove old link-only answers.) – Ben N Jan 10 at 4:51

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