How Do I Host Web Pages On My LAN?

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I am going to setup a LAN, soon.

I want to convert my PC into a server, so that when other LAN users type my IP Address in their browser address bar, they'll be able to view the web pages I have made available in my server. Also, my users should be able to download files that I link to on the Web Pages.

I've no idea on how to go about doing this. I know I've to setup a server, but how? Will this slow down my PC, I will be having 8 to 13 users(max.).

Will my entire hard disk be available to the users?

As you can see, I am a newbie, I need a bit detailed guideline on this.

I've searched throughout the web, haven't received any results after searching during all those sleepless nights. Any sort of help would be appreciated. :)
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You need setup your pc with server applications:

Apache Web Server
MySQL Server
PHP Server
...
Continouse to edit config file and start up services and you have a Web server.
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Or just use the built in IIS (Internet Information Service) that comes with XP Pro, Win2K pro and Server OS's. Place the web page in c:\Inetpub\wwwroot which is the built in Windows default website folder. The files that you want them to be able to download need to be placed in a folder in wwwroot.

Users on the lan can then access your site by typing in their browser:
http://{your computer ip here}/ or
http://{your computer name here}/

And you don't need php or MySQL server unless you plan to program your web pages using it. Simple HTML will work fine on IIS without them.
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Alternatively, any major linux distribution should provide you with the ability to install Apache, PHP, MySQL etc during installation.

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