Windows 7 is not officially supported by WebSphere 6.1 and the installation wizard normally breaks. However, you can still install Websphere 6.1 on Windows 7 if you use the silent installer. Follow these steps:
1. Download WAS 6.1 and unpack to
C:\WAS_61 (if you unpack it elsewhere, adjust the paths in the rest of this tutorial accordingly)
2. Create a file
C:\WAS_61\myoptionsfile.txt with the following contents:
-OPT installLocation=”C:\IBM\WebSphere 6.1\AppServer”
Modify these settings if needed. I would imagine that the
installLocation will vary for most people.
3. Go to Start, search your programs and files for cmd, in the search results right-click the cmd and select Run as Administrator. This will bring up the command prompt. It is crucial to run it as administrator.
4. In command prompt, execute this command:
C:\> C:\WAS_61\WAS\install.exe -options “C:\WAS_61\myoptionsfile.txt” -silent
5. Wait until the installation finishes. Since it runs silently, it won’t notify you with a popup window or anything like that. The only two ways to check on the progress are (1) to use the Task Manager and (2) to view the log file at
C:\IBM\WebSphere 6.1\AppServer\logs\install\log.txt. If you see that the last line contains the code INSTCONFSUCCESS – the installation has completed successfully.
Note: if the installation wizard fails to even start, its log file with the error message will be stored here:
C:\Documents and Settings\<User>\waslogs