I'm a new user of Xampp and I found it very easy to install. I got my DB imported to mySQL and everything is working... but v-e-r-y s-l-o-w-l-y. The pages work much faster from Internet over my 512K DSL line than they do from my own hard drive and that doesn't sound right.
Somewhere there was a mention about virus scanners in the background. Disabling them didn't help at all. I haven't done any special configuration anywhere, everything is default. The pages do some searches from database, but not that many in my opinion.
Oh yes, I have XP SP2 Home.