I am working with Head First's "PHP & MySQL" book, and following along in the appendix for installing the development environment on my local machine. I installed MySQL, PHP, and Apache successfully. When I enter "http://localhost" in a browser, all I get is a browser error. I made the small test PHP script that the book shows and put it in C:\Inetpub\wwwroot but of course can't execute the script because I can't access localhost.
I didn't even have the Inetpub folder on my machine until I followed another on-line tutorial for activating the Vista server on my local machine. I followed their steps (it was geared at turning on IIS) and now have the Inetpub folder, but it appears there's much more setup I still need to do, or something I missed. After reading other Sitepoint posts, I see that Windows Vista is a big part of my problem, but all the same can someone help to get things operating right with my Vista environment? Any tech help needs to be written for a complete newbie who is unfamiliar with going into the windows environment and making behind the scenes changes. Thanks in advance.