For some reason, over the past year I have tried to install imagemagick on my windows 7 machine running with XAMPP server (a LAMP package for windows) and I have failed every single try to the point that I think it is impossible, some people claim to have done it but I have yet to see it with my own eyes, I have tried every tutorial, user directions, instructions, you name it. WHy is it nearly impossible?
Could it be your issues so far stemmed from permission issues? What exactly did you experience? You need to provide more information about your problem, rather than just that "it's nearly impossible" :)
I've used XAMPP on 7 with no problems. Haven't used ImageMagick, but from a short review of the site, it looks doable. Just download the PHP implementation (MagickWand) or the Perl one if you prefer, put in a directory accessible by Apache and have a go.