Uniform Server Drupal 7 Setup (Verbose)
An explicit guide to setting up an easy Drupal development environment utilizing the Uniform Server. “The Uniform Server is a WAMP package that allows you to run a server on any MS Windows OS based computer. It is small and mobile to download or move around and can also be used or setup as a production/live server.” http://www.uniformserver.com/
In case of difficulty:
The Uniform Server + Drupal 7 Installation Step-By-Step
Download the Uniform Server (version Coral 8.1.2) (Not the latest version; because Drupal needs PHP 5.3.10 and the latest is PHP 5.4.4 etc.)
Double-click Coral_8_1_2.exe (the self-extracting file for Uniform Server, it will create a folder in the same directory called "UniServer").
Move the UniServer folder and its contents to where you want your application and new Drupal sites to reside:
(typically Users/(your name)/Sites/UniServer)
or E:/UniServer (on a RAM stick or SD card)
In the UniServer folder, double-click on Start_as_program.exe to activate the UniServer control panel. Do not change the mySQL PW, do select the second pop-up option to quit bugging you about it.
Select Start Both (Apache and MySQL)
If the "http://localhost/us_splash/index.php " pops up in a browser window, the server is successfully running.
On the server control panel, click on phpMyAdmin tab. Select Databases, under "Create New Database" enter "drupal7".This is the database your new Drupal 7 site will need.
Download the latest stable version of Drupal 7 core folder from Drupal.org.
Extract and copy the Drupal core to the UniServer www directory.
Rename the Drupal core folder Drupal-7.15 to something like drupal7 for simplicity (just a suggestion).
On the server control panel, select the "View WWW" tab
Change the "localhost" IP in the browser to "localhost/drupal7/" and hit enter.
Your new Drupal site should come up.
Select "Standard", "English", database name "drupal7", database user name and PW "root, root".
You can leave your site name as "localhost" or give it a name; use "admin" for user name, and enter a PW and follow the rest of the prompts.
You should receive a congratulations message and be greeted by your new Drupal site.
I was able to install this in a thumb-nail sized USB to mini-SD card adapter, which permitted me to move my Uniserver and Drupal development between Win7 and XP computers; it ran fine in both environments.