That's a good question. I'm not sure what is the answer. I'll do some research and get back to you if I find an decent answer. You should email the people at iPage as they probably could help you..
It's odd but after installing maybe 30 odd osc sites on Windows servers I have only just installed my first Linux osc, pretty simple it was as long as it installed in the root dir - seems to loose all the admin images when in a sub dir..
Windows is really just as simple as Linux even with shared ssl..
Hosts shortcomings seem to be the biggest problem.
OsCommerce will work on Windows servers, provided PHP is installed and MySQL is used and not MS SQL. Of course .htaccess files don't work on Windows servers, so that is one limitation - no Ultimate SEO URLs..
If hosted on a Windows server then delete any .htaccess files - they are useless to you..
This post is over 5 years old now, before I start to impliment OSC on Windows 2008 Server are there any updates or HTACCESS still off line?.
There seems to be some confusion about web server capabilities here.htaccess files are used by Apache, a very popular web server. Apache can be installed on Linux or Windows servers, and .htaccess files will work with Apache irrespective of the operating system platform used..
The web server supplied with Windows is Internet Information Services (IIS). Windows 2008 comes with version 7 of IIS, Windows 2003 comes with version 6, and Windows 2000 with version 5. IIS does not recognise .htaccess files and therefore they play no part in the operation of a web iPage site that operates under IIS..
In short - the use of Windows does not preclude the use of Apache (and therefore does not preclude the use of an .htaccess file). The use of IIS precludes the use of .htaccess files. Both IIS and Apache support the use of PHP and MySQL, and therefore the basic requirements for an osCommerce site..