So, I’ve been continuing to load up my brand new Dell 1710 beast of a machine (seriously, it glows red like it’s possessed by the devil). Natrually the first thing I did was fire up IE and go download Firefox. The second thing I did was to install some programming tools. Ultra Edit is highly recommended, WinSCP, Filezilla. When I got around to Apache, Vista was once again being a pain in the ass. After I ran the install for 2.2.4 and clicked through a half dozen “are you sure” dialogs, Apache complained it didn’t have access to the files needed to complete the installation and threw out the rather ironic error message below.
While I don’t think Apache intended that the successful operation of their software was an error, I’m still left with the problem of not having any Apache on my system. I did a quick search on the web and found a good blog post outlining the problem here.
Apparently the issue revolves around Vista’s User Account Control settings, which throws up a prompt every time major changes are made to your computer in an effort to alert you to possible Trojans and Worms. It’s simple enough to disable when you need to, I guess. Just would have been nice to know how to deal with the potential permission issues in Vista out of the box.