install joomla on windows + XAMPP
this Tutorials will show you how to install joomla on windows servers.XAMPP is a project of Kai 'Oswald' Seidler and Kay Vogelgesang. For several years now, these two have been creating a complete development environment with the ingredients: Apache, MySQL, PHP, Perl, and various extensions. XAMPP can be downloaded from http://www.apachefriends.org/ as a ZIP archive for various operating systems. This is an immense advantage for people like you and me, who are primarily interested in Joomla! and not so much in how all of it works. The entire installation can also be removed from the computer with one mouse-click without leaving a trace. Kai and Kay have also written a book about XAMPP, The XAMPP Handbook, (ISBN 3-8273-2281-2 available only in German).
To download and install XAMPP:
1. Download the xampplite-win32-1.5.5.zip file from the website
http://www.apachefriends.org/en/xampp.html and extract it on the
local drive. The directory xampplite is created.
2. Open the setup_xampp.bat file from the xampplite directory. XAMPP makes no entries in the Windows Registry and sets no system variables:
3. Now you can start the server. PHP starts automatically as a module. Open [Drive]:\xampplite\xampp_start.exe. A command-prompt window opens, which indicates that Apache has started.
4. Open your Internet browser and enter http://127.0.0.1/ or
http://localhost/. You should now see the XAMPP start page. Click
on the English link
The document directory of your website is [Drive]:\xampplite\htdocs. This directory contains all of the pages that are accessible by a remote computer on the Internet. Read the included readme_en.txt file for additional information about the necessary passwords.
To uninstall the package, close all current servers and simply delete the
xampplite directory. Installing Joomla! 1.6 on Windows with XAMPP