new wordpress site on dev machine, only shows file list

I am trying to use wordpress for the first time. I am an experienced php developer working with laravel, but I am stuck with this.

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1. Windows 10 developer machine with Apache 2.4 installed.
2. downloaded and unzip wordpress 6.3.3 to folder c:\\code\\wordpress633
3. wordpress config is set property, connects to database
4. [http://localhost:84/wp-admin/index.php](http://localhost:84/wp-admin/index.php), admin works
5. [http://localhost:84/](http://localhost:84/), does not work, shows “Index of /”, file list.
6. [http://localhost:84/](http://localhost:84/)index.php, does not work, redirects with 301 back to [http://localhost:84/](http://localhost:84/)

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I can’t see the wordpress site, only the admin. If I try to access to wordpress site, it just redirects back to the root showing the file list. Is Apache doing the redirect, is it wordpress that is doing the redirect? How do I fix this?

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**apache config:**

Listen 84
<VirtualHost *:84>
ServerAdmin [email protected]
DocumentRoot “C:/CODE/wordpress633/wordpress”
ServerName localhost
<Directory “C:/CODE/wordpress633/wordpress”>
Options Indexes FollowSymLinks
AllowOverride All
Require all granted
</Directory>
ErrorLog “logs/wordpress633-error.log”
CustomLog “logs/wordpress633-access.log” common
</VirtualHost>

**C:/CODE/wordpress633/wordpress/.htaccess**

# BEGIN WordPress
# The directives (lines) between `BEGIN WordPress` and `END WordPress` are
# dynamically generated, and should only be modified via WordPress filters.
# Any changes to the directives between these markers will be overwritten.
<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
RewriteEngine On
RewriteRule .* – [E=HTTP_AUTHORIZATION:%{HTTP:Authorization}] RewriteBase /
RewriteRule ^index\.php$ – [L] RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteRule . /index.php [L] </IfModule>

# END WordPress

Update:

If I remove .htaccess, click on [http://localhost:84/index.php](http://localhost:84/index.php), it still redirects [http://localhost:84/](http://localhost:84/) and shows the “Index of /” file list. It has something to do with wordpress setup.

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