This tutorial is for Windows users, the current version of WAMP is not compatible with Windows XP, if you have something newer then read on.
To start, go to a web browser and type in www.wampserver.com. This will take you to the web page shown in the image above. Scroll down the page until you get to the download section.
You have 2 options, 64 bit or 32 bit. If you already know which version of Windows you are running click on that version and your download will start. If you don’t then you can easily find that information by following these steps. Hold down your Windows key and push “i”. This will open the Windows system window, scroll to the bottom and click “About”.
You will then see which version you are running, this is shown in the image below.
In my case it shows that I have a 64 bit operating system. Go back to the Wamp download page and choose the appropriate download. I click on the 64 bit option and it opens the window shown in the image below.
All of those warnings look pretty scary! Don’t worry, if this is your first install then the only thing that really matters is making sure that you have C++ for Microsoft Visual Studio installed. WAMP requires this and the install will fail if it’s not there. Click on the link shown in the image above and it will take you to the download page.
You need to select the appropriate download for your operating system. In my case it is 64 bit so I choose the top one, if you have a 32 bit operating system then choose the one below for x86 systems, then click next. The file will automatically download to your default download location. For most browsers, when the download has completed simply click on the file in the bottom left of the screen, shown in the image below.
This will start the install process. This is very straightforward, simply choose the default options until you see:
If you see the same as me and it says repair, then you know you already have C++ installed, you can click on “Close”. If it says “Install” then follow the instructions and complete the installation, you may need to restart your computer. Once you have finished you can move onto the next step.
Go back to the WAMP install page and click download link again. Back to the scary window and this time click on the “Download Directly” link.
This will take you to Sourceforge and the download should automatically start. Once the download has completed, you are ready to start installing and configuring WAMP. I am breaking this tutorial up into multiple parts due to the size of the images on this page. Go to part 2 when you are ready to continue.