How to enable IIS on Windows 10

What Is IIS?

IIS is a Web Server software created by Microsoft, which is designed for hosting websites.  It can be used in a standard Html page and dynamic pages like PHP pages and ASP.NET applications. To dig deeper into IIS’s definition and history, you can refer to Wikipedia.org for full details. To enable IIS on Windows 10, please follow the steps below.

If you are working on a project and want to show your progress to one of your team members in a network, you might need to use IIS. You can configure IIS to share your work around the local network computer or on the internet

If you are trying to Host an ASP.NET Application visit this post How to Host ASP.NET Application in IIS.

Let’s Start:

  1. To enable IIS on Windows 10. Go to your control panel—search control panel from the start menu. Select the Control panel from the search result. Use the image below for your reference.
Enable IIS on Windows 10
Start Menu

2. Alternative option would be to use the Run Command. You can search run from the start menu. Type the keyword Control Panel.

OPen control panel
CTRL + R

3. In the Control Panel Window select Uninstall program.

Uninstall Programs
Control Panel

4. From the Installed Updates window click on the Turn Windows feature on or off link from the left pane.

Turn Windows features on or off
Installed Update

5. Windows feature window should pop-up, scroll down, and search for Internet Information Services (IIS).Expand Internet Information Services and select option as shown in the image below.

Select IIS option
Windows Feature

6. Wait for windows to enable your Local IIS.

Wait for the installation to finish
Enabling IIS

7. Verify if it is successfully enabled, go to the start menu and type IIS, and select Internet Information Services (IIS) as the image shown below.

IIS Manager
Search for IIS

Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager

Enable IIS on Windows 10
IIS Manager Dashboard

You’re done! Your Internet Information Service or IIS is successfully enabled. You can now start hosting your ASP.Net Web Applications from your local IIS.

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