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Now that we have Imgburn installed, we might as well take advantage of some of it's features. In this post, we'll be looking at how to create a disc image from a folder stored on your machine. Why might you want to do this? There could be several reasons. One reason could be you want to share the disc with people online and you want the directory structure to be exactly how you have it. So, if you were making a game disc for a game you've been working on and planning on uploading the disc online for others, this would be the fastest way to make it.

First, open imgburn. If you are using windows 8.1, click the flag in the bottom left corner.

Once the start screen appears, begin to type imgburn. The charm bar will open to the right side and begin to search for the program. Once you see imgburn, either click it or press enter on the keyboard.

The application will open with a list of several different things to choose from. For this demo, we are going to choose, "create image files/folders". 

Once you click it, you'll be greated with a screen that could look very scary. Your focus for this screen is the folder icon. Click it. 

In the next screen, select the folder with your files and click select folder

Next, select the destination by clicking the folder icon

In the popup, name the file and select the destination. Then click save.

finally, click the folder and file icon to start the disc image creation process.

A popup will open if you have only selected one folder. This is asking you if you want to make this folder the root folder of the disc. For this burn, I am going to click yes.

Another winodw will open asking you to name the disc, name it whatever you want and click yes.

The final window will appear. This window gives you detailed information about the creation that is going to take place. Click okay.

Once it is finished, you'll get a lovely tuned played and a nice popup. Click okay, you can close the program your disc image is in the place you decided to save it.


Most users, when installing software, don't take the time to read through the installer. This causes the user to get unwanted junk on their machines. A lot of software, that is free on the internet, comes bundled with this as a way for them to keep offering you the software for free.

I am going to show you, using the free software imgburn, how easy it is to avoid installing unwanted junk on your machine.

First, let's download Imgburn from their website. Feel free to follow along, this software is an absolutely amazing tool; great for burning disc images or creating them. The link to the site is: http://www.imgburn.com/

Once on the site, click download and select the mirror that leads to MajorGeeks. I prefer the MajorGeeks mirror over the others, because it was designed by geeks for geeks. They also check all the software they provide which is a great bonus to the end user.

You'll be redirected here to MajorGeeks where we'll be given a few more mirrors to choose from. For this example, we'll choose the first mirror. If the first mirror, for some reason, doesn't work, click the second one and continue.

Now, select the location to save or run the program. In windows, with user account control on medium or high, you'll be prompted to allow the program to run, say yes and the program will start.

If we read over this screen, we can clearly see that this is the installation wizard for Imgburn. Good, we have the right program installer and can simply click next. On the next screen, We're greeted with the license agreement.

We can see that this is the agreement for Imgburn, so it is safe to click "I accept the terms..." and then next. On the screen that follows, it is asking us what parts of the program we want to install.

Again, this is safe to just click next. This is asking about the main program and isn't offering us anything. On the next screen, we're being asked where we'd like to install our new program.

For this, we can just leave it as is and click next. The next screen simply tells us that it is going to put a new folder in the start menu/screen.

Again, can just leave it and click next. This is where most programs catch people. Here, they are trying to install a piece of sponsored software on our machine. This doesn't mean that Imgburn is a bad product, because it is not! Mind you, the software that it wants to install isn't particularly great. 

So, simple click "Custom Install" and uncheck the box. This will opt us out of installing this piece of software. Click next, and we'll be greeted with another piece of sponsored software. Again, this does not mean Imgburn is bad!

Again, simply click "I do not accept" followed by next. The software will then be install without all the extra bundled stuff.

Install Apache and IIS
Date posted: 01/Oct/2014

Files you will need: 

apache24 (apachelounge is down at the time of making this blog)



Install Apache and configure two virtual hosts.

Step 1 :

Download the Apache24.7z file onto your desktop


Step 2:

Extract Apache24.7z onto the desktop

Step 3:

Once it is extracted, move the folder to the root of the C:/ drive.

Step 4:

Open the command promt as an administrator. Click start, and then search for cmd.

The command prompt will open type "cd C;/apache24/bin"

Followed by httpd.exe -k install -n "Apache2.4":

You will be promted with a popup, click allow:

Navigate to "C:Apache24in" and run "ApacheMonitor.exe

In the system tray, left click on the apache icon then rollover "Apache2.4" then click "Start":


You will be promted with a warning, just click Allow.

If all went well the apache Monitoring icon will display a green play symbol:

Now, open your web browser and navigate to and see if it loads. If it does, you'll be greated with this message:

Step 5:

Navigate to "C:Apache24conf" and Open "httpd.conf" and make sure this line is uncommented and looks like this: 

Save and navigate to "C:Apache24confextra" and open "httpd-vhosts.conf":

Open the file and add these lines to the file, we'll have to create the directory here in a moment. Once these lines are added, save and close:

Navigate to "C:Apache24htdocs" and create a folder called "test.tbd". To create a folder, right click anywhere in the empty space, scroll down to new, and click folder:

Open Notepad as administrator and navigate to "C:WindowsSystem32driversetc" and open "hosts":

Add this line to the file "    test.tbd". save and close.

Restart apache by clicking on the icon in the system tray:

In your "test.tbd" folder, create an "index.html" file:

Open your browser and go to "test.tbd:80" and see if you can hit it:

(Note: you're page will look different depending on what you put in your "index.html" file)

Install PHP 5

step 1:

Dowload "php-561-win32-vc11-x64" and extract the contents to your desktop following the image below:

A folder called "php-561-win32-vc11-x64" will be created rename it to "php". Once renamed, move it to the "C:/" drive:

Navigate to "C:Apache24conf" and open "httpd.conf" with notepad:

Add these lines

# For PHP 5 do something like this:
LoadModule php5_module "c:/php/php5apache2_4.dll"
AddType application/x-httpd-php .php

# configure the path to php.ini
PHPIniDir "C:/php"

to the bottom of the file, save and close:

Restart apache:

Navigate to your "test.tbd" folder and rename "index.html" to "index.php":

open "index.php" in notepad and add this line, save and close:

 echo phpinfo(); 

open your web browser and navigate to "test.tbd:80/index.php". If all goes well, you'll be greeted with this page:

Install MySQL Community Server (5.5)

Navigate to "http://dev.mysql.com/downloads/mysql/" and click the blue download button:

Scroll down and download the full sized installer to your desktop:

On the next page, click "No thanks ...":

In Chrome, once the installer is downloaded, click it:

When prompted, click "Run":

(Note: If the "User Account Control" pops up during install, just click "Yes")

Click cancel, as it is asking you if you want to run updates, and we don't so just cancel:

Check the box to agree to the terms of service and then click next:

Follow the image below, and select either X64 or X86. For this demo, we'll select X64 as it will match the rest of the install:

Press the right green arrow, with the X64 highlighted, and then click next:

Click execute:

Wait for it to finish installing and click next:

Now it's time to configure our installation, click next:

Leave it as the default for this, click next:

Enter a password for the root user, then click next:

Leave as default, click next:

Time to execute everything, click execute:

Once it is finished, click finish:

Click next:

click finish:

click cancel, we don't want to update anything at this moment:

Click finish:

Click the red "X" at the top:

Installing phpMyAdmin

Download the latest version from phpmyadmin, and extract it to your desktop:

Rename the folder to "phpMyAdmin" and move it to the folder "test.tbd":

Rename the file "config.sample.inc.php" to "config.inc.php":

Add the line "DirectoryIndex index.php" below "DirectoryIndex index.html" in the file "httpd.conf"

In the "php.ini" file inside of the php folder, remove the ";" from these 4 lines:

Installing IIS on Windows

Click "Turn Windows features on or off" to the left of the screen:

In the popup, navigate to "IIS Management Console" and check it:

To install "ASP" expand the tab "World Wide Web Services" and then "Application Development" and check everything in the picture below. This will also give you access to php:

To launch IIS, click start and then search IIS, click the result:

To add a site to IIS, simple left click on sites of to the left and click "Add New Site"

Let's create a random virtual site. In the example below, the host name "iheartiis.tbd" is what we'll use to hit the site, so we'll have to add it to the host file in a little bit:

And, we'll add another one. Same as above, we'll have to add this to the host file:

(note: in both examples above, a folder was created in "C:/inetpub/" for the virtual sites)

Time to add the sites we just created to the host file, save and close once they have been added:

Time to install FTP on our server. Open up, "Windows Features" again. Look above if you can't remember where it's located. Once open, navigate to "FTP Server" and check "FTP Service":

Restart your IIS manager, and you'll now have a new bar called "FTP":

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