Hi Izzy, and thanks for your reply. Ok, I have tried all the urls you mention on both Mozilla and IE - with Mozilla I get a 'Done' report and no views of anything - with IE I get a 404 error 'Page Cannot Be Found' report.
I assumed that the XAMPP Control Panel is running because when I click it in the start bar I can see that MySQL is running - however I just noticed that there is an error report that says the Apache service is 'not started -1'. The Apache and Filezilla check boxes are both checked.
I didn't mean to imply that I thought Joomla were experts, and I apologise if it sounded like I did - the installation instructions for Joomla have a section on downloading and installing XAMPP, that is all and it was those I was referring to. I wouldn't be here asking for help if I thought a third party application had the answers
I am grateful for your help and will now go and look at the readme txt file.
If you have any further thoughts I'd be grateful to receive them, btw.