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Resolving the Port 80 Conflict on Windows Systems Running Skype

On occasion, when you go to install DesktopServer on a Windows-based PC, you might run into an error telling you that another service is running on Port 80. In order for any local development environment to work, this port is needed and should anything be utilizing this port, your local web service will not work.

Many times, this issue is caused by Skype taking over control of Port 80 in order to make it accessible to people behind corporate firewalls. In this short video, we will demonstrate how to turn off this functionality within Skype and resolve the Port 80 conflict error.

Also, it sometimes happens that once you have upgraded your Skype, you will find that your locally installed websites only display a white screen. This is also caused by your port 80 conflict. An easy way to tell if your white screen is caused by a port 80 conflict is if you also get a white screen when you click on the “Sites” button on the main menu of DesktopServer.

For those that simply wish to follow written instructions, we have provided them.

  1. Open Skype if it has not already been launched
  2. Go to Tools –> Options from the dropdown menu
  3. Select “Advanced” in the left-hand column, last option
  4. Select “Connection”
  5. Deselect the option that says, “Use port 80 and 443 as alternatives for incoming connections”
  6. Click Save
  7. Exit and then restart Skype
  8. That’s it! You should now be able to complete your installation of DesktopServer