This may help...
1. Disable Skype (port 80 conflict, port 443 conflict)
2. "Put" DW site in the HTDOCS folder when loading to testserver. (If you are not in HTDOCS you will not be able to browser access the files through the server - that's been my experience)
3. 127.0.0.1 will send you to the XAMPP index page whether you http or https.
Saw your post. I am also a noob and just installed XAMPP tonight. I have issues with the Mercury Mail Server (which I'll place in another post - I've been up all night trying to figure out Mercury - the documentation is awful). Please pardon, if my jargon is off, but if this solution works for you at all it only takes a second.
I initially had a problem with getting the APACHE part right - but that was a matter of getting folder properly identified. I might not be able help much, but at least I won't beat you up - this can be frustrating.
If your server is working (and your firewall is not getting in the way) you should be able to configure straight away in DW (I have CS3 so it may be a little different for you).
(During the install process I used XAMPP as the install folder name for my local host)
Make sure you have the most recent stable version of XAMPP. Install it and make sure all the programs work in the control center.
Make Sure You Disable Skype
(if you are a skype user). Skype and APACHE both uses Port 80 and Port 443.
You don't want to have an immediate conflict with the Web Server. If you have any other software that is using port 80 disable it while you setup the server, to rule that software out as a conflict.
Make sure you have identified the correct ("HTDOCS") folder for your testing server:
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All your websdocs should go in HTDOCS...
You can store your working files ina completely independent folder.
I actually used the same folder for my remote server (because I am not ready to publish anyway)
My URL Prefix is:
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Here's a XAMPP setup video: 13 minutes
It also covers JOOMLA - watch the JOOMLA portion because it will reveal a couple thing you should think about with Dreamweaver.
I'm a newb too, but this is what I found worked for me. I have not set myself up as a virtually host for a dummy server, because it is not essential to test the functionality of my particular site.
Let me know if this helps...
Anything this hard to learn... has to be worth learning!