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Settings to send an email from localhost for PHP code in Windows Vista

I am using PHP 5 and Apache to do some programming. My code can correctly send emails on the live server, but on my own development machine, I cannot send emails. There is obviously nothing wrong with my code (since it only fails to send the email on my development machine), so I guess the problem is with my settings.

I have turned off IIS so that I can assign port 80 to Apache. I did not install PHP, Apache, or MySQL by using WAMP or XAMPP - I installed each component individually. I have already tried assigning SMTP to localhost in php.ini and the port number, etc... Nothing works.

I am running on Windows Vista, and am using a router at home. I assign a fixed IP address ( to my development machine. I used PHPMailer where I state a specific from address and to address, and once again, I insist that the code works on my live server - it is just not working on my development machine.

I tried the two solutions given in the last time I asked this question over here: Settings to send an email from localhost for PHP code in Windows Vista

But it turns out the solution that I accepted had a limit of sending 10 emails a day, and for some reason, it was working intermittently. Also, the other solution required me to jump through too many hoops.

Is there a better solution?

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marked as duplicate by Diago Feb 18 '10 at 1:18

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Might want to put this on stackoverflow.com –  D'Arvit Sep 19 '09 at 18:53
I'd switch back to Windows XP if I were you. Better yet, use linux. –  Randell Sep 19 '09 at 19:55
Please do not post duplicate questions. Edit the original with more details to get more or better answers. –  Diago Feb 18 '10 at 1:19

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Try this one:

$headers = "MIME-Version: 1.0" . "\r\n";
$headers .= "Content-type: text/html; charset=iso-8859-1" . "\r\n";
$headers .= "From: myemail@yahoo.com" . "\r\n";
mail("msome@gmail.com","test subject","test body",$headers);
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