Try nginx (, very light, has a Windows binary
distribution and can be configured easily for PHP.

You can also find some version of Lighttpd compiled for Windows and
skip the compilation troubles, and you can use this: to control the webserver.

Both of them are lighter than Apache.

Good luck,


On Sun, Nov 15, 2009 at 6:00 PM, O. Lavell <> wrote:
> What do people on this list use as an ultra-lightweight web server (with
> PHP capability of course) on Windows? I have an old but still well
> functioning laptop that I have just given a second life by installing
> Windows Fundamentals (a stripped down version of XP). This works
> surprisingly well. So now I am looking for the necessary software, so I
> can do some local programming.
> Some requirements I can think of:
> - Extremely small memory footprint and fast efficient code. This laptop
>  still works well but it can certainly use some help!
> - Both free as in beer and free as in speech would be my preference.
> - Be able to run as a "service" in XP.
> - Be able to run PHP (obviously) and perhaps a few other nice server
>  features, like SSI and name based virtual hosts.
> Any suggestions? I have not seriously used Windows for years now, so my
> knowledge of that platform is not exactly up to date anymore. I am used
> to dealing with Debian/Ubuntu Linux and Apache but not much else,
> frankly. Apache does seem to heavy for this. My initial thought was to
> install Lighttpd under Cygwin, but perhaps I would be missing out on some
> great little server program that I have not yet heard about.
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