XAMPP is a very easy to install Apache Distribution for Linux, Solaris, Windows and Mac OS X. The package includes the Apache web server, MySQL, PHP, Perl, a FTP server and phpMyAdmin.
In the latest XAMPP Version 1.8.3 on Win7 64b, there is a problem that php.ini line
include_path = ".;C:\Pro\xampp\php\PEAR"
does not work while the line for UNIX does:
include_path = ".:/php/includes"
... the issue is apparently in the : instead of ;
In the XAMPP Version 1.7.3, which is the version that uses one of my colleagues, the Windows line works all right.