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I'm a new student of PHP. How can I install xampp on Windows Vista?

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Surely the XAMPP for Windows page should point you in the right direction? –  BoltClock Sep 8 '10 at 10:42
Download the xampp Windows executable and run it, following on-screen instructions –  Mark Baker Sep 8 '10 at 10:43

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As the comments from the Stack Overflow users state before this question was migrated the XAMPP for Windows page contains everything you need.

Most specficially:

  1. Visit the XAMPP for Windows page.

  2. Download the EXE file, and Follow the Instructions given - it's mostly a self-installer.

  3. Then read about How to Practice section for help getting the server configured.

Since you're a student, I would also consider asking your teachers/school for advice as well, in case they have any specific requirements that your server must meet.

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Also bear in mind potential Vista problems: Quote from the XAMPP webpage:

Why doesn't XAMPP work on Vista?

User Account Control (UAC)

In the directory "C:\program files" you don't have full write privileges, even as Admin. Or you have only limited privileges (e.g. for ".\xampp\htdocs"). In this case you can't edit a file.
Solution: Raise your privileges within explorer (right click / security) or disable the user account control (UAC).

You have installed Apache/MySQL in "C:\xampp" as Windows service. But you can't start/stop the services with the "XAMPP Control Panel" or can't uninstall them.

Solution: Use the service management console from Windows or disable UAC.

Disabling the User Account Control (UAC)

To disable the UAC, use the program "msconfig". In "msconfig" go to "Tools", select "disable user account control" and verify your selection. Now you must restart Windows. At the same time, you can enable the UAC again.
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