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*[[Installation guide for Windows using XAMPP]]
== Installation guide for Windows using EasyPHP ==
*[[Installation guide for Windows using EasyPHP]]
Moodle requires that Apache, PHP and MySQL be installed to run on Windows. This may be achieved by using EasyPHP, a package that bundles all the software you need into a single Windows application. Please note however, that EasyPHP is not designed to be used for a production server. Here are the steps from start to finish.
# Firstly, if you have ever installed MySQL before (even as part of another package), uninstall it all, delete all the MySQL files and make sure you delete ''c:\my.cnf'' and ''c:\windows\my.ini''. You might want to do a search and delete ANY file called ''my.cnf'' or ''my.ini''.
# If you've ever installed PHP before delete any files called php4ts.dll from around your Windows directory, as well as any files called php.ini.
===Get EasyPHP===
# Download EasyPHP from here: [http://www.easyphp.org/telechargements/dn.php?F=easyphp1-7 EasyPHP] (approx 10 Mb)
===Install EasyPHP===
# Run the downloaded file: ''easyphp1-7_setup.exe''. The installation process is in French but is otherwise much like installing any other Windows program - I advise accepting the defaults and letting it all install. Note that "Suivant" means Next and "Oui" means Yes.
# At the end of the install leave the checkbox selected to "Lancer EasyPHP" (Start EasyPHP) and hit the "Terminer" button. You might be taken to a information web page which you can safely ignore.
# If all went well - congratulations! Apache, PHP and MySQL are all installed and running! You should see a black E in your toolbar tray. You can right click on it to get a menu which will let you control the running programs, but you won't be needing that for now.
#Some things may be in French and you may prefer English. You can download this file http://www.easyphp.org/telechargements/dn.php?F=indexUS_1.7 which contains English versions of www and home folder in the EasyPHP1-7 folder. These can be copied over the default files.
===Create a database===
#  The next thing you need to do is to set up a database for Moodle to use. Right-click the black E in the toolbar tray and choose Administration, then click DB Management (beside PHPMyAdmin). Alternatively, using a browser, go to http://localhost/mysql/ (note the final slash).
# If asked for a username, use "''root''" with a ''blank password''. You should see a phpMyAdmin web interface that allows you to create a new databases and user accounts.
# Create a new database by typing "moodle" into the field and hitting the "Create" button. That was easy!
# You can also create a new user to access your database if you want. This can be a bit tricky for a first-time user, so you might just want to use the existing user "root" with no password in your Moodle config for now, and fix this later.
===Get Moodle!===
# You're ready to install Moodle! Download the latest release of Moodle from [http://moodle.org/download Moodle.org], then unzip the archive.
=== Installing Moodle===
# Copy your moodle files into ''C:\Program Files\EasyPHP\www''. You can either copy the entire moodle directory (ie ''C:\Program Files\EasyPHP\www\moodle'') or copy all the ''contents'' of the moodle directory. If you choose this second option then you will be able to access your Moodle home page using ''<nowiki>http://localhost/</nowiki>'' instead of ''<nowiki>http://localhost/moodle/</nowiki>''.
# Make a new empty folder somewhere else for Moodle to store uploaded files in, eg: ''C:\moodledata''
# Go into your Moodle folder. Make a copy of ''config-dist.php'', and call it ''config.php''
====Edting the the config.php file==== Edit ''config.php'' using a text editor (Notepad will do, just be careful that it doesn't add unwanted spaces at the end).
# Put in all your new database info:
#  $CFG->dbtype = 'mysql';
#* $CFG->dbhost = 'localhost';
#* $CFG->dbname = 'moodle';
#* $CFG->dbuser = 'root';
#* $CFG->dbpass = <nowiki>''</nowiki>;
#* $CFG->dbpersist = true;
#* $CFG->prefix = 'mdl_';
# And put in all your file paths
#* $CFG->wwwroot = 'http://localhost/moodle'; // Use an external address if you know it.
#* $CFG->dirroot = 'C:\Program Files\EasyPHP\www\moodle';
#* $CFG->dataroot = 'C:\moodledata';
#Save config.php - you can ignore the other settings if there are any.
===The web based installer===
# You're nearly there now! The rest of the setup is all web-based. Visit ''<nowiki>http://localhost/moodle/admin/</nowiki>'' with your browser to continue the setup via your browser.
# To use zip files with Moodle (for example the backups use zip) you might need to enable "zlib". You can do this by going to your EasyPHP directory (C:\Program Files\EasyPHP), and running the program phpini.exe in there. Put a mark in the checkbox next to "zlib.dll". Close that window, then go to the black E in your toolbar and right-click it to get a menu - select "Restart" from this menu.
===Setting a Cron===
# Lastly, you need to set up some sort of cron. See the [[Installing Moodle#Set up cron|Installation guide]] for more details on this.
If you don't or can't use EasyPHP, here are a few tips to make sure your PHP is set up correctly and avoid common problems:
*  Make sure you enable the GD module so Moodle can process images - you may have to edit php.ini and remove the comment (;) from this line: 'extension=php_gd2.dll'.
* Make sure you enable the Zlib module so that you can create and unpack zip files from within Moodle.
* Make sure sessions is turned on - you may have to edit php.ini and fix the directory for ''session.save_path'' - instead of the default "/tmp" use a Windows directory like "c:/temp".
== Installation for Windows 2003 with IIS ==
== Installation for Windows 2003 with IIS ==

Revision as of 15:00, 5 February 2006

Installation for Windows 2003 with IIS

Firstly install PHP and check it's working.

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