Thanks for your help.
I got Apache working serving pages from C:/User/userName directories with 
just a small edit to httpd/conf

If others have the same problem, this apache docs page gets right to the 
point about DocumentRoot

thanks again,

On Friday, April 11, 2014 2:13:03 AM UTC-4, Andy wrote:
> On 10/04/2014 01:46, Michael Laird wrote: 
> > Andy, 
> > Thanks for your response. 
> > Messing with Apache fills me with questions. 
> > If I put  newProject in another new directory, do I have to call it 
> htdocs 
> You can call it anything as long a DocumentRoot points to it. 
> > Can I have newProject and existingProject in the same new directory, 
> > whether it is named htdocs or newDirectory 
> > Are we talking about VirtualHosts here, and is this documentation right 
> > - 
> No, we're simply moving the place that Apache looks for HTML files. 
> You *can* set up Apache so that you have virtualhosts and each has a 
> different DocumentRoot, but this isn't necessary for the problem that 
> you reported - being unable to write into the current htdocs folder 
> because it is within the 'Programs' hierarchy. 
> -- 
> Andy 

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