After talking with Joomla support, I understand that there is a known issue with XAMPP 1.7.2 and PHP 5.3.0. My options are to install a new patch from Joomla (only in test phase) or downgrade to XAMPP 1.7.1. I am going to downgrade as the web host platforms don't have the latest version anyway.
My question is how should I do the downgrade? Should I stop the services and delete the directory? Then, download and install the older version 1.7.1? Will I lose anything in this process? DO ineed to back up any files before doing this? If so, what files?
thanks for your help.