Where can I indicate that there is a slight (probably transient) problem with the "Joomla! v 1.5 Quick Start Guide"?
I followed directions and installed XAMPP 1.7.2 and was unable to get Joomla 1.5.14 to run. Root cause: XAMPP 1.7.2 installs the latest version of PHP which is not supported in Joomla 1.5.
I finally installed XAMPP 1.7.1 which installs a supported version of PHP (5.2.9).
It was only a bit frustrating.