If you do not have python installed, install python.
- Open a CMD prompt.
- Navigate to the folder from which you wish to make the root folder.
- Execute: (your python install folder)\python -m http.server
Now you are serving up your folder well enough for basic testing. It defaults to port 8000.
In my case, I was trying to avoid butting into the CORS security stuff when working with html5 canvas while developing locally.