This tutorial assumes that you have XAMPP 1.7.3 installed. The procedure should be the same for other versions of XAMPP.
A XAMPP installation procedure for Windows can be found here.
Click on images for full sized versions.
Many applications, such as Joomla! require an SQL database as part of their setup.
With XAMPP installed, this is easy to do.
1) Open your browser and enter http://localhost/phpmyadmin. This will bring you to the MySQL setup page:
2) Enter a name for the database, then click on the Create button. The name must be 64 characters or less and composed of letters, numbers and underscores. Avoid using numbers at the start of the name. A good name should indicate the purpose of the database. For example: joomla_database or database_for_drupal. There should be no need to change the other settings:
3) Ensure the database was successfully created:
This database can now be used by any application that requires a MySQL database – for example, Joomla!.
By default, the username for this database is root and the password is blank (there is none).