Desktopserver Fails Doesn’t Work On Windows 10


Desktopserver is a program that allows you to develop web applications on your local PC without having to do everything across the internet.

When you upgrade to Windows 10 it stops working.

Well the truth is that it does still work but Windows 10 does something new with its network connection that upsets how desktopserver works.

The answer to the problem was provided by the desktopserver team here.

Essentially it’s to do with the networking ports, in particular the one that desktop server uses to serve up its local internet connection. Web sites are usually on port 80.

In Windows 10 Microsoft has turned on a thing called World Wide Web Publishing Service that allows your PC to exchange some information with other PCs. The good news is that you can turn it off.

  1. Go to Start menu > Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Services
  2. Search for “World Wide Web Publishing Service”
  3. Right click on the service name and select “Stop” to stop the service.
  4. Right click on the service name and select “Properties”, then change “Startup type” to “Manual” to stop it starting up automatically when you reboot.

After that desktop server can use port 80 and it will be a happy bunny.


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