Installing ColdFusion on Windows 7 with IIS 7

  Jan 10, 2010     32023 Views      Windows 7 , IIS , Adobe , ColdFusion       Comments (12)   

I have got some problems while installing ColdFusion 8 and configuring IIS7 on my Windows 7 machine. Luckily I got it solved immediately after reading the solution at the web about configuring IIS 7 to work with ColdFusion by Dale Fraser, Paul Kukiel and Sameer Gupta. I don't know why this problem is not yet taken care by Adobe and I heard even with ColdFusion 9 the problem is still exists. Let's hope Adobe will fix this issue with the upcoming ColdFusion 9 Update 1.


1. Brent Frye on Jan 11, 2010 at 1:16 AM

I've installed ColdFusion 9 on 32-bit Windows 7 and the install was flawless, granted you need to ensure the IIS 6 Metabase Compatibility component is installed first, otherwise the ColdFusion connectors cannot interface with IIS 7.

2. Web Design Company on Jan 11, 2010 at 1:41 AM

When installing ColdFusion on Vista or on Windows Server 2008 you may receive HTTP 404.3 Error, similar to this one:

HTTP Error 404.3 - Not Found

Additionally if you run ColdFusion Web Server Configuration Tool, you will see a message saying that IIS components are being installed and could take between 2 to 5 minutes of time.

You can resolve this error by making sure that the two required components of IIS are installed on your system. Namely:

1. ISAPI Extensions
2. IIS Metabase and IIS 6 configuration compatibility.

3. Akbarsait on Jan 11, 2010 at 3:10 PM

@Brent Frye

Yes I agree. It will be great if Adobe add the support for Native IIS modules in ColdFusion 9 which will really helpful and no need to do this manual process.

4. Akbarsait on Jan 11, 2010 at 3:11 PM

@Web Design Company

Thank for posting the information and I have followed the same steps for running ColdFusion in my Windows 7.

5. John Sieber on Jan 19, 2010 at 6:05 PM

Thanks for the information as it applied to my Windows Server 2008/CF9 installation as well. ISAPI Extensions were already configured but I needed to add IIS Metabase and IIS 6 configuration compatibility before I could get into my administrator.

6. Akbarsait on Jan 20, 2010 at 11:54 PM

@John Sieber
Glad it helps and nice to hear it’s works well with 2008 server.

7. MercaLoday on Jan 22, 2010 at 8:13 PM

Thanks, That was just what I need to get CF9 working on Win7!

8. windows 7 on Jan 29, 2010 at 7:03 AM


can i install this on windows 7 beta , because i am using windows 7 beta.


9. wtc on Jul 15, 2010 at 3:02 PM

Can I install Coldfusion MX7 in Windows 7? Your help will be appreciated.

10. Alex on Nov 2, 2010 at 11:15 PM

Thanks....this is exactly what I needed. Forgot to install the ISAPI stuff and the Metabase!

11. Tony on Dec 21, 2010 at 10:58 AM

Have a problem of ColdFusion 9 installation in Vista. Cannot start up the administrator, but the Dreamweaver always come up, is this IIS7 problem or ColdFusion bug? Thank you for your help.

12. PC support on Feb 2, 2011 at 9:14 AM

I gave up trying to get coldfusion running on my windows machine several months ago, thanks to your post I will give it another go. ta

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