Ok so here we go.
I had issues with installing xampp on vista. But I figure that out (turn off user accouunt controls) now when I go to
http://localhost/ I see the xampp "cover page" page just like I should.
I had issues with un zipping the joolma download files, which i was directed by someone cool to try 7zip / tar.
I think it worked because there are hundreds of files now when I open my joolma15 file. (Before there were only 4)
I thought I was on the right track finally, (after a week of torment)
Here's the problem now... When I go to http://localhost/joomla15 I don't see anything but
Object not found!
The requested URL was not found on this server. If you entered the URL manually please check your spelling and try again.
If you think this is a server error, please contact the webmaster.
How can that be/What the heck could the problem be now??? If I can see the right page when I go to http://localhost/ doesn't that mean xampp is working correctly, or could I have the worng version??
Did I forget to add or delete something on the joomla end?
I'm as new as it gets to all this! Just got my first computer a couple weeks ago!
thanks in advance!