I am admittedly a beginner's beginner, however I have been spending many well intentioned hours (actually days) trying to install xampp so I can run Joomla on local host and develop a medium level website.
I got things installed and seeminly working several months ago with xampp 1.7.4 and Joomla 1.5 but can not get anything working again.
I have tried to install the original all over again -that didn't work. I have tried installing xampp 1.7.4, 1.8.2, and now 1.8.3, and all I get is errors. Port errors, can't run Apache, now port errors, can't start Tomcat, etc., etc., etc.
I never pretended to be a development person, however, XAMPP (Apache Friends) and Joomla are not promoted as requiring super development person expertise. Quite the contrary, they are promoted as a simple way to set up a local web server and a way to develop websites without being an HTML genius.
I am most concerned with XAMPP as I have been reading posts and going to website after website and keep coming up with evidence of problems, problems, problems.
I am trying to do basics.
I am tired of saying "I".
Can somebody provide some success stories about how they installed XAMPP on a Windows 7 computer, sucessfullly?