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I have seemingly successfully installed MySQL 5.0, php 5.25, and Apache.

I have the phpbb files at the root of the htdocs folder in the Apache path.  I have tried to run one of the install php files and it just doesn't do anything.  

php is installed at c:\program files\php ..  The only thing I modified in the php.ini file is to change paths that originally were "c:\php" to "c:\program files\php" as that is the path where it is installed.

I do not have a database created with MySQL as I'm not sure how to do that.

I've installed phpBB before on a web server, but that was when php was already existing and I had a MySQL database already set up (easy to do there).  I've also got phpmyadmin at the root of htdocs (I remember that being a good thing to have and was intending on installing it).

Not sure where to go next.  Any help is greatly appreciated.
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>>The only thing I modified in the php.ini file is to change paths that originally were "c:\php" to "c:\program files\php" as that is the path where it is installed.

Try reinstalling PHP in the path where there are no spaces, program files is known to have problems in terms of spaces in directory.

I suggest installing PHP, Apache, MySQL and phpmyadmin using WAMP:
http://www.wampserver.com/

Very easy to use installer, you should be up and running with all of the above without much configuration (auto configuration using the installer) within minutes.

Hope this helps.
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I started from scratch and used wampserver to install mysql, php, and apache.

I have put the phpbb files in both c:\wamp\www\ and C:\wamp\bin\apache\apache2.2.6\htdocs

Any .php file still will not execute and I cannot install anything.  I have restarted the services and wamp is online.
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what shows when you type into your browser (when WAMP is online):
http://localhost/
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by:Loganathan Natarajan
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did you get the installation success message from WAMP server?
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Typing localhost brought me to the installation page.  I then intuitively went to phpmyadmin to create the database, then followed the installation process through.  

I even put a new skin on it.  

Wamp really made it easy.  Thanks for the help.
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Glad to help :) Yep agreed, WAMP is very cool :)
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