First installation was smooth but as I click Admin>Plugins within Habari the browser just keep loading. I then tried starting and stopping Apache service then I got "ERROR -1".
I decided to reinstall XAMPP this time with UAC turned off. The 2nd trial is a lot better as I could start/stop Apache without any errors. The problem with Habari remains, too bad, I need alternatives. I have installed WordPress 2.2.1 there without any problem. I have even backed up
I could run IIS and install PHP. However I fear that as my host is not running IIS so there could be weird behaviour?
There are in fact other alternatives from this list of WAMP here. I have my eyes on EasyPHP and WAMP5.
I have experience of using IIS5 when I was developing ASP3.0 years ago so I may give it a shot first. I need some luck.