Saturday, March 21, 2009

DotNetNuke 5.0 - getting it to work on a Windows Vista machine

In a previous post, I had written about installing DNN 5.x on a Windows XP machine.

Building and running DNN 5 on a Windows Vista machine is a little different, because of how IIS is different on Vista.

Here is what you need to do to install IIS on Vista with the correct set of options so that DNN works on it. (note: I am working with the Home Premium version of Vista).

Install IIS for Vista:

Go to Start->Control Panel->Programs and features. Click on the link “Turn Windows features on or off”.


Make sure that IIS is installed with the following set of features.

The following are important:

  • IIS 6 Management Compatibility
  • Application Development Features (Asp.Net)
  • Common Http Features
  • Security


Also, make sure that the folder containing the DNN files provides the Network Service account with modify permissions (root folder as well as sub-folders). Right click on the folder and go to “properties”. Select the “Security” tab and add Network Service account and click on the “Modify” option.


Hit Ctrl + F5 to start the web-site. And if you did everything correctly, the installation page should come up with all the images showing and the format setup correctly (if not, then some setting is not setup correctly).

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