Installing Magento Commerce and XAMPP on Windows 7

Sometimes it nice to have a local install of Magento on your machine so you may test different settings, extensions or modifications to your live site. Here I am going to show you how to properly setup a local host and install Magento on a Windows 7 Machine.

In order to have your localhost be directed as, go to the bottom of your c:/Windows/System32/drivers/etc/host host file and include this:

Hit save and refresh Apache. Your local host should now be accessible to by going to instead of

Download XAMPP 1.6.7 (PHP 5.2) Here!

Also you many notice or experince the error I recived when I tried to view the front end for the first time after installing the sample data. Simple goto your localhost folder magento/var/cache/ and delete all the folders in this cache directory. Hit refresh and you should be good to go.

Hope this helps someone out there.

Thanks and Enjoy.

Devin R. Olsen

Devin R. Olsen

Devin R. Olsen

Located in Portland Oregon. I like to teach, share and dabble deep into the digital dark arts of web and game development.

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