How to Install IIS on Windows 8, 10, or 11

One of the first things Web Developers using ASP.NET will want to install on Windows is Internet Information Services (IIS). Windows 8, Windows 10, and Windows 11 shipped with different versions of IIS. Let’s take a look at how to install them.

Note: Windows can run different versions of IIS. It’s the same exact process on all modern versions of Windows.

Installing IIS

Keeping with Microsoft’s modular design, IIS in Windows is still an optional “Windows Feature” on  modern versions of Windows.

To install it, press Windows+r, type appwiz.cpl into the run box, and then press Enter.

Run Box with "Appwiz.cpl." Click "OK" or hit Enter.

This will open the Program and Features part of Control Panel. Click on the “Turn Windows features on or off” link on the left-hand side.

click "Turn Windows Features on or off."

Now click on the Internet Information Services check box.

Tick the box next to "Internet Information Services."

If you’re a developer you are going to want to expand it and explore the sub-components as well. By default, it installs all the components needed to host a website, but you are probably going to need some of the more developer-oriented components as well.

Install additional/specific things by expanding the menu.

After clicking OK, this dialog will appear on your screen for a while.

Wait for the installation to finish.

Restart your computer to finish the installation. Fire up your browser and navigate to localhost when it is done.

The IIS splashscreen shown when you connect to localhost if you're running IIS 8.

That’s all there is to it.

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