Which one is better WAMP, XAMPP, Universal Server if I'm using windows 8.1(64) and will install 10 soon

Which one is better WAMP, XAMPP, Universal Server if I'm using windows 8.1(64) and will install 10 soon.

Note: I'm new on Appache, PHP and looking for easy friendly tool.  I don't want to have any harm to existing operating system.

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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
I don't know what Universal Server is but WAMP and XAMPP are both easy installs.  The 'better' version is an actual Linux installation but that isn't necessarily easy.  You could just sign up for a Linux shared hosting account for as little as $5 a month.

The hard part of course is when you start doing actual programming.  There are some mostly minor differences between PHP on Windows and Linux.  I have all of the above and rarely have to change any code when I transfer from a Windows system to one of my Linux accounts or systems.

The one thing is that you can't run Apache on the same port as IIS.

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maximyshkaAuthor Commented:
<<The one thing is that you can't run Apache on the same port as IIS>>
What does that mean?  The purpose of this question: I have laptop which I use for everyday use.
At the same time I need to try creating website using PHP, MySQL.  How safe is to use both at the same time.  Sorry for the question, but I'm new to this.
Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
Network connections use different 'ports' for different services.  One of those services is the web server.  The standard port for web servers is port 80.  Only one service is allowed for a particular port.  IIS, the Microsoft web server, normally takes exclusive use of port 80 if it is installed.  So if IIS is installed, you have install Apache (WAMP or XAMPP) on a different port.  If IIS is not installed, then you can use port 80.  Apparently Skype also uses port 80 so that is another possible conflict.
Dan CraciunIT ConsultantCommented:
Teamviewer also uses port 80 and you have to specifically tell it to use another port.

As for the the packages, I prefer the portable variant of XAMPP. This way I don't have to install anything.

I know the question's already been answered, but I have used all of those before and today, I'm using EasyPHP DevServer, and have been much happier with it. It's a cleaner install, with an easy-to-use interface for starting/stopping each service, and updated versions of everything.

I'd recommend AGAINST using XAMPP, since it has a bug in its OpenSSL library that WILL crash every time you use certain functions (not sure when they're going to fix it, but you can always replace the library that comes with XAMPP and it'll fix the issue).

Skype uses port 80 if it's not already in use (what a terrible idea to begin with). There's an option in the advanced settings of Skype for using a different port.
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