I installed xampp on my home computer running winxp. Then I copied all the backup PHPBB files from my online forum into the htdocs/phpbb folder. It opens the forum on my computer and looks great (pics don't quite display properly)
BUT here's the weird part: it runs in 'real time', showing any new posts from online, just as if I WAS online---basically a mirror of the online site---and I can post to it and it will show up online too--but any changes I make in the ACP don't affect the online version. If I shut off my internet connection, it stops running.
Is this the way XAMPP is supposed to work? I wanted to load the backup database onto my home computer and run it completely separately from the online version. What do I need to do? Sorry, I'm sure this is a dumb question for you gurus but I have just enough knowledge to be dangerous.