Htaccess not working on windows server

Hi to all,

I have a site live on the windows server but the htaccess is not working it give me following error

404 - File or directory not found.
The resource you are looking for might have been removed, had its name changed, or is temporarily unavailable.

I want to show the url like this

Actual url


I want to show above url like this


My htaccess file is currently site is in subfolder

rewriteengine on
Options +FollowSymlinks
RewriteBase /test_php/
rewriterule ^index.php$ index.php [L]
rewriterule ^categories/([a-zA-Z0-9_-]+)$ categories/index.php?cat=$1

thanks in advance.

IIS does not use .htaccess. If you are on IIS7 then you can use the native url rewriting to get there. That is typically handled in a web.config file.


Good info! Where does web.config reside? Content identical to Apache’s mod_rewrite directives? Link to M$ info about M$_rewrite? THANKS!



All that is very well documented on and numerous other sites, no need to repeat it here.

thanks for the reply.

I have found the web.config file but how i can write a rule to convert this dynamic url


please keep in mind that “eyes” will be dynamic mean in second url may be lips instead of eyes.


Uses search engines…