Every single piece of software required by AtoM is compatible with Windows. However, you should know that the process may not be straightforward at all if you are not familiar with server environments under the Windows platform.
We strongly believe that Linux is the best choice for installing AtoM, but if for whatever reason you are unable to switch to a different platform, you may want to consider running a virtualized Linux instance in Windows. Some of the most popular virtualization tools in Windows are:
- VirtualBox (open source): https://www.virtualbox.org/
- VMware: http://www.vmware.com/
- Hyper-V (the official Windows hypervisor): http://www.microsoft.com/hyper-v-server
You should be able to use our virtual appliance in the virtualization tool of your choice.
- Using Vagrant
If you intend to continue using Windows, please proceed by following the instructions provided below. Be warned that installing AtoM in a Windows environment can be tricky, however, so be prepared for some hassle!
There is also the option of using WampServer or XAMPP, two software stacks that provide you with all the packages that you need in order to run AtoM out of the box: MySQL, Apache and PHP. It’s definitely a very good option for inexperienced users.