This is the third article in the series about installing WAMP. So far, we’ve only prepared the system for installation, we have downloaded needed software and we have configured the system so it will be able to run on our system.

If you haven’t gone through the previous steps, go and do it now. Here are the links to the articles.

Now it’s finally time to actually get WAMP installed.

Download the software

First, you have to know, again, if you have a 32 or 64 bit Windows, because there are two different installation packages, one for each.

If you don’t know how, you can find out on this page:
Is my Windows 10 a 32 or 64 bit system?

Then you just open the WAMP download page, you find it here:

Download the installation package that matches your Windows version and run it. Here follows a run through of all the steps.

Choose language

There are only two languages to choose from, English and French.

Accept license agreement

I guess you will accept. I mean, if you don’t, you won’t be able to use the software. But as a general recommendation, do read it, so you know what you accept.

If you find this text hard to read, GNU has made a presentation of the license that is a bit easier to read, and that explains the thinking behind, why they created the license.
A Quick Guide to GPLv3 – GNU Project – Free Software Foundation


There are a few things that you have to do before you continue the installation. If you followed the steps in these two articles, you can just click <Next> and continue, you’ve done all that is required.


Choose a path that does not contain spaces or diacritics

WAMP cannot handle spaces in the path it installed in. You have to choose one that is without.

For one thing, that means the standard place for where you install software on an English Windows, “Program Files”, is out of the question. You have to choose your own path.

WAMP recommends that you create a folder directly in the root of a disk, and suggests a good path by default, “C:\wamp64”.

And one more thing. Only use English characters and numbers. Characters with diacritics, you know, stuff above it, like Swedish å ä ö, should not be used. Can’t handle that either.

Select components

We now have the option to select any components that we need. However, going along with the default setup is probably what we need if we don’t know that you have any extra requirements.

Select the folder name for the start menu

The Wamp server is of course added to the start menu, and here is where you get to choose another name of the folder that is created, if you don’t like the standard name. Or just click <Next>…

This is the last chance before installation begins

Here you can review all the choices you made through all the steps. This is the last chance to interrupt before installation begins, or to correct any mistakes you made. As they say in woodworking, measure twice, cut once.

But don’t let this fool you. There will be more things to decide and select further ahead.

Selecting browser

Many operations in WAMP uses a browser as its user interface. For instance, if you use the shortcut in the WAMP menu to open localhost, it opens the default WAMP browser and then navigates there. Now you get to choose which browser this is.

So, if you choose yes, WAMP opens the Windows Explorer so you can choose the browser that you want. You just have to know, or find, where it is installed and select its .exe file.

And you can change this whenever you want, as I describe in the article HOW TO CHANGE THE DEFAULT BROWSER IN WAMP.


And almost finally, some information for you to read.

Final step

This is the final step in the installation process. Just click <Finish> and you’re home.

Now you are ready to start configuring the system. And that is described in my next article.

— Cheers!

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