I wrote a blog entry over a year ago discussing how to install Coldfusion on Windows 2008.
With the imminent release of Windows 7 and several user comments I decided to update the instructions for myself and anyone else who finds it useful.
I’ve installed Coldfusion 8 and 9 on most versions of Windows. I used the default setup options.
To make the Coldfusion install as painless as possible you need to take a few pre-installation steps.
(Unless otherwise noted the instructions apply across all versions.)
x64 USERS ONLY: If you are installing 32-bit Coldfusion on a 64-bit Windows platform you need to ensure that your IIS application pool is setup to run 32-bit applications.
Installing the 64-bit version will likely break any code that excutes 32-bit code (i.e. CFX and COM). I’ve also run into intermittent issues when using <cfexecute> to call a 32-bit executable.
500 errors are like the BSOD of IIS. Something didn’t work and IIS doesn’t know why.
Here are a few things that you can try before completely hosing your install:
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