mysql and php

I have xampp installed and mysql workbench
I would like to install a separate PHP package and mysql instance
can someone please tell my which mysql package I should install and which install procedure(I am ok with the PHP)
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
Why?  What do you think you're going to gain by doing that?  Besides trouble.
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Radek BaranowskiFull-stack Java DeveloperCommented:
Nevermind your actual motivation, I would recommend to get the latest MySQL package from here:

http://dev.mysql.com/doc/refman/5.7/en/installing.html

where installing procedure will of course depend on your operating system. Installation itself should be pretty straightforward, I believe.

As for PHP, it's a bit more complex, as you need to have Apache/IIS (the webserver) running, as php is essentially a runtime library loaded by the webserver which interprets php code ran on the server. But again, go for the latest versions:
Apache 2.x
http://www.apachelounge.com/download/
Please use the Apache builds provided by Apache Lounge. They provide VC9, VC11 and VC14 builds of Apache for x86 and x64. We use their binaries to build the Apache SAPIs.
And latest php which is 5.6:
http://windows.php.net/download#php-5.6

You might need some manual work to do in php.ini, httpd.conf and mysql.ini files tho, hence better use packaged solution like XAMPP which you already have.

Hope this helps.
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
A web server can only run one version of PHP at a time.  If you install a second web server, it has to run on a different, non-standard port.  Same goes for MySQL, a second install must use a different and non-standard port.
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Ray PaseurCommented:
I agree with Dave - the idea of trying to run on a non-standard port is a little scary to me - too many things can go wrong.  But that aside, you might consider using a virtual machine if you want more than one instance of PHP.  One possibility: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VirtualBox

Basically, you boot up a virtual machine instance and run as if you were the only client on the box.  Need another box?  Just boot up another instance.  This can be really useful in a development environment, for example, if you need to test several different levels of web browsers.
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doctorbillTechAuthor Commented:
Points taken
As usual - sound solutions from all
I will go virtual on one of my VM's
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