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Crossing Platforms A Macintosh/Windows Phrasebook by David Pogue, Adam Engst

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Chapter 23. W

Web Sharing Control Panel

In Windows: Personal Web Server

The Web Sharing control panel, included with Mac OS 8 and later, lets any Macintosh become a low-volume web server. Windows’s Personal Web Server software is similar. It’s not part of a standard installation, but it’s on the Windows 98 CD-ROM (and with Internet Explorer 4.0 when installed on Windows 95).

To install Personal Web Server, follow these steps (note that you can’t install Personal Web Server from Control Panel → Add/Remove Programs → Windows Setup → Internet Tools):

  1. Insert the Windows 98 CD-ROM.

  2. Choose Start → Run.

  3. Type x:\add-ons\pws\setup.exe in the dialog box (where x is the letter of your CD-ROM drive), and then click OK. (To find out the letter of your CD-ROM drive, double-click the My Computer icon; you’ll see an icon, with the appropriate letter identified, representing the CD-ROM drive.)

  4. Follow the directions in the Personal Web Server Setup program, making sure to note the folder where you place HTML files to be served.

Once you’ve installed Personal Web Server, open Start → Programs → Internet Explorer → Personal Web Server → Personal Web Manager to configure your web server. Five icons down the left side provide access to the Personal Web Server’s options (see Figure 23-1).

Of these different sections, the Main icon corresponds most directly to the Mac’s Web Sharing control panel. It provides a Start/Stop button, tells you the address of your web site, and lists your shared folder. You’re also shown ...

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