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You will need to give some thought to security issues, depending on computer use / the nature of your site etc.
You need to make sure your web service is secured if you wish it to be internal and private only.. bots and search engines *will* find it.
Depending what you use your computer for, banking etc, you may want to consider using a second computer dedicated to hosting your site.
If all you want to do is serve static pages to your house and possibly friends around the web just install the base Apache server and tell whatever WYSIWYG editor you're using to look in C:\Program Files\Apache Group\Apache2\htdocs (for Apache 2, if you grab Apache 1.3.x remove the 2 I believe in the above) and you're golden. Download takes about 2 minutes on broadband and the install takes about the same. Even my first time editing the configuration file, http.conf, was easy as it is well commented. If you do decide to make changes just open a DOS window, change directories to your Apache bin (C:\Program Files\Apache Group\Apache2\bin in the above example) and type "apache -t" (minus quotes) to test your changes before restarting the service.
Although, there again, if all you are after is a simple server to send pages to friends and family the defaults will suffice fine.
Also keep in mind that a lot of isp's these days are blocking outgoing port 80 (http port) for their residential broadband packages. At least they are here in my neck of the woods.
For $100 a year (or less) you can have good secure remote hosting. That is what I would recommend. You don't need the headaches.