I have asked many times and whilst some answers are well meaning haven't got this working yet. I hate to post a "bump" message (in fact this is my first, ever) and but this seems such a basic question. Either it won't work, I am doing something wrong, I haven't asked in the right place (or the right way) or I need new aftershave.

Here are the unanswered questions:


Why does the web based install of Magento 2 on Windows 7 localhost using XAMPP always fail?

Magento 2 CSS and JavaScript not loading from correct folder

  • Sort of. Windows 2008 R2 Server and actually fairly happy with how it runs. There were a few oddities but overall it's pretty good
    – tim.baker
    Oct 5, 2016 at 22:18
  • I'm trying with Windows 7. Can I ask how you installed it please? Oct 6, 2016 at 6:38
  • Used the web installer on Windows Server to install PHP and then just installed it normally. The DB is on a different machine.
    – tim.baker
    Oct 6, 2016 at 8:40

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Yes, I'm using 7. I would recommend against using xampp with m2 because even when you do get it working, it's too slow. I've had the best results using a vagrant box from Alan Kent available here https://alankent.me/2016/06/03/magento-2-development-with-windows-and-vagrant/

  • Thanks. I'm very familiar with the VM approach, and this looks a worthy variant. The problem is we have Windows only users, content producers, graphics/web designers (not devs) and testers using various laptop/desktop rigs, and they are all using straight localhost based XAMPP setups for the other CMS's like Joomla etc. I don't want to have to support VM installs as well, just for this. Why can't Magento just tell everyone Mangento 2 doesn't work on Windows? It's not really a loss when you know this - it certainly is when you wast so much time trying and it still fails. Oct 6, 2016 at 6:32
  • I see. If it's any help, I got magento 2 working in xampp by making a change to the file app/etc/di.xml. In line 607, change Magento\Framework\App\View\Asset\MaterializationStrategy\Symlink to Magento\Framework\App\View\Asset\MaterializationStrategy\Copy. Oct 6, 2016 at 7:22
  • Sincere thanks for your help Aaron. If you check the second link above you'll see I did that - but can you spot in there anything else you did differently? Oct 6, 2016 at 8:26

The answer is it is not supported: http://docs.magento.com/m2/ce/user_guide/magento/system-requirements.html

  • that doesn't mean it's not possible^^
    – treyBake
    Apr 13, 2018 at 10:21

Bitnami have pre-built free Magento 2 installers for native Windows and as VM images. They're quite fast.



Magento 2.x is not supported Windows OS and Mac OS due security reasons however we can still install Magento 2 on Windows machine using XAMPP tool, but we must fix some known errors after installing on Windows system. Check this link for more details. https://www.howtoinmagento.com/2019/06/magento-2x-does-not-support-windows-mac.html

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