To append my previous post, I meant to say you need Windows Server OS if you plan to run Windows native Web Sever software. Know that there are Windows specific technologies such as .aspx web sites, that require Windows native web server.
If you plan to use regular .html or .php or .jsp sites, then you can install Apache on Windows platform. In that case, you may not need Server OS. Check docs at www.apache.org
You can do it no problem with Linux or Windows. Under Windows you can run Apache if you want and check out http://www.apache-asp.org/ its totally possible to do ASP and .NET under Apache(if you even need it). If you're running XP Pro, you can go to Add/Remove Windows Components and add IIS. If it's XP Home, you can install IIS off of a Win2k disc. If you're running Vista, its pretty much the same thing, Business and Ultimate include it, Home does not.
I did not know that you can run asp under apache. Thanks for the info.
August 10, 2009 2:48:50 PM
it's very simple just download wamp or xampp and install and you will have a web server in no time, then stop and disable all the services on windows that you don't need to a web server , (automatics updates, print spooler, wireless config, dhcp client, etc...) then change in system to best performance , you need a nice desktop interface to running a web server. This softwares can be install on any vesion of windows