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Drupal 7 on Windows 7 with XAMPP 1.7


This is a walkthrough for installing Drupal 7 on Windows 7 using  XAMPP 1.7.
Drupal is a free and open source CMS (Content Management System) built around the MVC architecture with the PHP language.


Step 1: Download the latest version (beta) of  XAMPP here


Step 2: Install XAMPP by hitting “OK” and “Next” buttons


Step 3: Launch the “XAMPP Control Panel” from the desktop shortcut or the install directory (“c:\xampp\xampp-control.exe” by default)


Step 4: Start Apache and MySQL
Starting Apache
If you have IIS or another program using the default http port (80), you can change the default port for Apache by opening the config file (C:\xampp\apache\conf\httpd.conf) in a text editor and replacing the following entries:
  • “Listen 80” by “Listen 81”
  • “ServerName localhost:80” by “ServerName localhost:81”
Then hit the Start button for Apache again:



Step 5: Download the latest version of  Drupal here


Step 6: Extract the downloaded file (drupal-7.0.zip) to the htdocs folder(C:\xampp\htdocs)


Step 7: Rename the extracted folder (drupal-7.0) to “drupal7”


Step 8: Start Drupal installation by opening a new tab (or window) and navigate to: http://localhost:81/drupal7/
Click on “Save and continue”


Step 9: Choose a language
Click on “Save and continue”


Step 10: Configure the databasedrupal-install3
Oops we need to manually create a database!


Step 11: Create a new database (drupal7db) by opening a new tab (or window) and navigate to: http://localhost:81/phpmyadmin/

Enter a name (drupal7db) and click on the “Create” button.


Step 12: Switch back to the drupal installation tab (or window) and fill the form

Click on “Save and continue”


Step 13: Configure your site

Click on “Save and continue”


Step 14: Click on the highlighted link to visit your new website!


Step 15: Congratulations!!!


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