can't change (or find) the start page!

Posted on 2004-11-13
Last Modified: 2010-03-04
I just installed Apache server on my XP machine.  It started as a service until I stopped the service to change the account the service ran under.  Then the service would never start again, even if I went back to the local system account (which is not recommended).  Even if I rebooted.

But that's ok.  It runs fine from a console, and I get this start page:

If you can see this, it means that the installation of the Apache web server software on this system was successful. You may now add content to this directory and replace this page.
Seeing this instead of the website you expected?
This page is here because the site administrator has changed the configuration of this web server. Please contact the person responsible for maintaining this server with questions. The Apache Software Foundation, which wrote the web server software this site administrator is using, has nothing to do with maintaining this site and cannot help resolve configuration issues.
The Apache documentation has been included with this distribution.
You are free to use the image below on an Apache-powered web server. Thanks for using Apache!

But I can't find this page to edit it.  Or replace it with my own index.html.

Where is this start page?  

I have an apache2 directory but it's not in there, or in any of the sub-folders.
Question by:gateguard
    LVL 4

    Assisted Solution

    Typically it installs in:
    C:\Program Files\Apache\Apache2

    so web root should be:
    C:\Program Files\Apache\Apache2\public_html

    if apache cannot find an index however it will create one (usually), if this is the index to your site it will generate a sort of holding page (exactly the one in your post). This would indicate that there is no site index page and so it's making it up.
    Try creating the page:
    C:\Program Files\Apache\Apache2\public_html\index.html
    LVL 12

    Accepted Solution

    - On Windows machines, the default site root is...
    C:\Program Files\apache\Apache2\htdocs
    - You will have the edit the correct language file there since the installation places all the l anguage version in the htdocs folder!
    - The English version index page is named index.html.en
    - You can replace the page with your own and name it the same or index.html (without the .en extension).

    Good Luck!
    LVL 12

    Expert Comment

    Continuing my last post...

    - You can start and stop the service using any account that has Administrator privileges.
    - Start > Settings > Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Services
    Double-click on Apache and change the Start-up Type to 'Automatic' for the service to start whenever you start Windows. You can also start the server manually here.

    Good Luck!

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