Start or Stop the Web Server (IIS 7)

You must be a server administrator to perform this procedure.

To start or stop a Web server

You can perform this procedure using the user interface (UI) or a command line. For information about opening IIS Manager, see Open IIS Manager (IIS 7).

  1. Open IIS Manager and navigate to the Web server node in the tree.
  2. In the Actions pane, click Start if you want to start the Web server or Stop if you want to stop the Web server.
  1. Open an elevated command-line window.
  2. At the command prompt, type net stop WAS and press ENTER; type Y and then press ENTER to also stop W3SVC.
  3. To restart the Web server, type net start W3SVC and press ENTER to start both WAS and W3SVC.

I need to run xampp. Xampp uses localhost as well. How can I turn off iis 7 so that I can run xampp?

stop and disable the www service

type services.msc from the run command prompt > scroll down to World Wide Publishing service.

or go to control panel > Administrative Tools > Services.msc > World Wide Publishing service.


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