How to enable IIS on Windows?

Internet Information Services (IIS) is a Microsoft’s Web Server application allows to run Web Application on Windows Operating System.

Following steps explain how to enable IIS on Windows.

This article applies to:

  • Microsoft Windows 7

Step (1). Open Programs and Features window. See the post “How to open Programs and Features (OR) Add Remove Programs window in Windows Operating System?” to open Programs and Features window.

Step (2). From left side panel, click on Turn Windows features on or off link. It will open Windows Features dialog with list of available Windows features, to allow  the users to turn Windows features on or off.

Step (3). Look for “Internet Information Services” item and select the check box before the item.

Step (4). Expand “Internet Information Services” item by clicking on “+” sign and select the sub items you want to enable.

Step (5). Once you done with your selection, click on OK button to affect your changes. It will display the progress dialog to display the progress of applying changes.

Step (6). Now you have to test whether the IIS is enabled or not.

Step (6a). Click on Start button and select Run… item from Start menu. It will display Run dialog.

Step (6b). Type inetmgr in Open: field and click on OK button.

Step (6c). It will open IIS Manager window, if it is properly enabled.

Once the IIS is enabled on your system, you can run/test your own Web Applications.

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