I want to test my joomla website Akeeba backup on my local machine using XAMPP. Trouble is when I go to restore my site locally using Akeeba Kickstart it notifies me that I'm using a newer version of XAMPP. It prefers I use xampp 1.6.4 running php 5.2. I cannot find a qualified site to download an old version of xampp (1.6.4). If I don't want to use an old version of XAMPP i can test my backup by altering the restored php.ini file and updating a few lines of code. If I don't do either of these things Akeeba Kickstart says it cannot be responsible for what happens if i try to restore and view the site.
My question is whats the best way then to view my backed up site locally to see if my joomla website backed up correctly? And what would happen if I tried implementing my backup without the older version of XAMPP or updating the php.ini file that Akeeba Kickstart is requesting?