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What is the best way to test my Joomla Akeeba Backup on XAMPP?

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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?
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Just going to ask a few questions here and provide some pointers.

1) Is the site you backed up running off a xampp server?
2) Have you ever restored a website using kickstart before?
3) Have you updated Akeeba backup to the latest version?
4) Have you downloaded and are you using the latest version of Akeeba Kickstart?

Here's the location of the older Xammp platforms:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/xampp/files/XAMPP%20Windows/

I would like to see if we can get this restored using Akeeba as this is the best solution that I have found for restoring sites to your local machine and vice-versa...

I generally build sites on my local machine, then back them up using akeeba, then restore them on my live sites quickly and poof...everything is up and running.
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by:iamdiggnified
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Nukit, yes my site back up will run off of an xampp server on my local machine (eventually). I have just tried for the first time using kickstart to restore my website locally. I finished the entire process but my restored home page didn't come up and i'm attributing it to the fact that I was running a newer version of XAMPP. So I'm doing what akeeba suggested which was to download xampp 1.6.4. I was able to download xampp 1.6.4..thanks to you and the link you provided. However the package doesn't install like the latest xampp version and there is no uninstall icon that goes with it. Furthermore when I tried to delete the entire folder I get "Cannot delete: Access is Denied". So now I have to spend the rest of the day figuring out how to set permissions in Windows to delete this folder and try again. This whole restoring an Akeeba backup to your local machine is such a clusterf*ck. I'm not blaming you. Their documention sucks.
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by:iamdiggnified
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Nukit, I apologize for the venting from before. I really could use your help. I extracted the 1.6.4 XAMPP link you sent me to my C: folder on my local windows machine. Can you tell me if I should have extracted it to the C:/programfiles folder instead because XAMPP will not load up when I click on the Xampp_start file.
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Nukit, I read the directions for the XAMPP archive and it said to extract the files to your main drive which I did. (C:/). And then it said to start "setup_xampp.bat" which I did but I got a "sorry nothing to do". I then tried launching the apache_start file and that would not load up either. So I read the directions and its not working. Why the heck can't anybody right directions that work?
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by:Andrew Derse
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I agree with you on the directions part.  It can be confusing at times.

I am about to head into a meeting right now, but I would like to work with you and get these items cleared up.

1) Uninstall all xampp installations
2) Re-install xampp
3) Restore your website.

I think it would be best to do a webex meeting for this where I can remote into your machine.  Is there a particular time that would work best for you?  
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by:iamdiggnified
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Nukit, thanks for sticking with me on this. I've been trying to fix what I can myself instead of wasting other peoples' time. I was able to get XAMPP going and restored the site on my local machine however I'm getting an ERROR 500 message and the site doesn't come up in a browser. I went through the whole Kickstart process confident enough but it's still not working. In Akeeba's troubleshooting section of their online guidebook itsaid I must check a few things:

1.) make sure that your server is loading the mod_rewrite module. Do you know how I can do that?

2.) The backup guide also says if the original server was running a newer version of PHP (which it was) than the new server then I might end up with a blank page which I did (error 500). The whole point to downloading the archived XAMPP was to comply with Akeeba's request to do so. So have you come across a similar situation?

here is the link to the akeeba trouble shooting page: https://www.akeebabackup.com/documentation/quick-start-guide/troubleshooting-restoration.html

I appreciate your time on this. You don't have to totally solve my problem I was just wondering if you had come across these issues.  Thanks. I will be out of the office until monday. so I won't see your response until then.
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by:Andrew Derse
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I have seen these issues and I generally turn off all SEO for the site and it works.

Have you tried to tweaking the SEO options?  I would turn them all off and then see if it works.
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how do i turn off the SEO? Which follow do i open? I can't open any page in a browser now so it would have to be directly through a file.

I'm thinking its more of an issue that  i'm running a newer version of php for my website given the fact that I have a older version of XAMPP installed on my local machine.
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by:Andrew Derse
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Can you access the administrative section of your site?
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i cannot access the admin portion of my website in my browser after installing it on XAMPP.
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by:Andrew Derse
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It doesn't make sense that you would be required to run an older version of Xammp if your server is running newer technology.  Have you tried to run the 1.7.3 version of Xampp and restor your file that way?  Ignore all of the warnings from Akeeba...and see if it will install.
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Thanks for the link to the older xampp platforms although I haven't got the site working locally on xampp yet
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