IIS on WinXP Home Edition

Jul 14 2014 10:06 AM | Stephen in Legacy Security Articles

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I have been messing with frontpage vulnerabilities, and in order for them to work you need to have frontpage AND have it work with server extensions. BUT you can only install server extensions if you have an IIS server running. As i have Win XP Home this is a problem cos only Win XP Pro has it built in...

So i came across this tut... Happy reading.


WARNING: Microsoft do not support the installation of IIS on XP Home edition. This work around is not for beginners. If you have any doubts about your ability to carry out the instructions in this article DO NOT attempt this tutorial. Back up all your important information before attempting this method of installing IIS. Neither the author or WebThang accept any responsibility for damage caused to your data or computer resulting from the use of this method of installing IIS.

1/ You will need the installation CD of Win2000 Professional or Server (winXP Pro CD will not work) or a trial version of Windows 2000 Server - See the FAQ's at the bottom of this page

2/ If you don't have 2 cd-rom player I suggest you to copy the directory i386 from the WinXP Home on your hard disk

3/ In this directory (i386) there is a file called IMS.CAB with WinRar (or something similar) unpack the content to a temporary folder (you will need them at the end of the installation)

4/ Search and find the file: c:\WINDOWS\INF\SYSOC.INF

5/ In the section [COMPONENTS] you will find this line: iis=iis.dll,OcEntry,iis.inf,hide,7

6/ Change it to this: iis=iis2.dll,OcEntry,iis2.inf,,7
(remember to change the name in iis2.dll and iis2.inf and to eliminate the word hide. In this way you bypass the protection of XP home)

7/ From the Win2000 cd (Pro or Server) take the files: iis.dl_ and iis.in_ that are in the i386 folder and copy them on your desktop, open a dos windows and with the prompt pointing at your desktop edit the following commands:
EXPAND IIS.DL_ IIS2.DLL
EXPAND IIS.IN_ IIS2.INF
this will generate two new files named iis2.dll and iis2.inf
copy and paste IIS2:DLL to c:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\SETUP\
and IIS.INF to c:\WINDOWS\INF\
8/ Go to control panel/application/windows components (I don't have an English version of Windows so I don't know exactly the name) and start windows installer. You will see "Internet Information server" is now available as a checkable option.

9/ Select it (I suggest that if you are looking only for PWS to select only that because the more components you install the more files you have to search for)

10/ It will need about 10/15 minutes and during that time the system is going to ask you for a lot of files: some are in XP Home CD other in Win2000 CD. At a certain point the system will ask you for the EXCH_adsiisex.dll file: it is the file you have extracted at the point 3 of this guide, select it and you should go on without trouble.

11/ At the end restart you computer.

12/ Test if it is working: open Explorer and type in the address line: http://localhost

13/ If it will not work, try the following:
open a DOS window and type: iisreset /RESTART
go to web proprieties in "directory protection" (I don't know if this is the exact name on an English version) click on "modify" (or edit, as said before I don't have an English version ...) "browse" and finally"find". You will see all user in your PC. Select the one you are working with and click OK. In the text-box you will see PcName\UserName. Click OK to close the window. Remember to uncheck "password Control) and click OK three times. Close and restart the web server and retry point 12. If all is correct you will see the default presentation page of IIS 5 and the online help

good luck.

WARNING: Microsoft do not support the installation of IIS on XP Home edition. This work around is not for beginners. If you have any doubts about your ability to carry out the instructions in this article DO NOT attempt this tutorial. Back up all your important information before attempting this method of installing IIS. Neither the author or WebThang accept any responsibility for damage caused to your data or computer resulting from the use of this method of installing IIS.

FAQ Notes from the Forum:

Some people had a few problems understanding point 13 due to the fact that Pippo uses an Italian version of Windows. Below are some comments from the WebThang Forum that should help clarify things.

I followed the steps and successfully installed IIS on XP Home edition. Even though I had to try it twice, it worked. I even installed the .NET platform SDK, worked fine. Step 13 is a little confusing, but if you know that you are supposed to change the settings at /ControlPanel/PerfomanceAndMaintance/AdministativeTools/InternetServiceManager, then it's not so bad.
Thanks a bunch pippo_mares. (posted by Froggy)

I tried the solution proposed by Pippo Mares to implement IIS on XP Home version and it worked for me too.
Pippo was working with an Italian version of XP so his translation of the final configuration tasks is not correct. If you check the settings in the Internet Service Manager (access by Administartive Tools in the control panel) to check the default web page for your server and remove the password requirment for anonymous accounts, it should work.

Thanks Pippo! (posted by Bruno)

When i try to install iis according to Pippo Mares's instructions, I could not find the file c:\windows\inf\sysoc.inf. Can some one tell me what's wrong? Thanks. (posted by Leda)
c:\windows\inf\sysoc.inf
is a hidden directory.
Unhide it, and you will
find the file.
(posted by Suska)
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