I work on Http.sys technology at Microsoft and somebody sent me a link to this blog. I am a bit surprised by this behavior you are seeing on Windows7 Beta and with some help from you, I will like to find out the root cause of this issue so that we can take
the appropriate action if needed.
You are right, Http.sys uses port 80. It is the driver component for httpapi, the server http stack (You can find more info on this technology athttp://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa364434(VS.85).aspx ).
In your case, some application is running which is using http.sys to listen on port 80. This is preventing Apache from using port 80. We offer a mechanism for applications to help control port sharing but I’ll need to look into the specific application that’s
causing you this conflict. If you can give us the output of following command “netsh http show servicestate”, then it will allow me to find out which application is using http.sys. Since you have disabled http.sys, please follow these steps listed below before
running the command:
1. sc config http start= demand
3. Run the command (netsh http show servicestate) as administrator
After you have run this command, you can disable http.sys as follows:
1. net stop http
2. Sc config http start= disabled
Please let me know if you face any issues in the process.