How to Install a WordPress Sandbox on a PC
A few people at WordCamp Detroit were asking how to set up a WordPress sandbox. Here’s a few resources for PC and Mac users. Linux users most likely have this already figured out.
The WordPress.org Codex has a detailed guide that includes a walk-through of installing XAMPP on Microsoft Windows®:
Mac OSX users can check out Installing WordPress Locally on Your Mac With MAMP, another guide from the Codex.
WAMP is an alternative to XAMPP for PC users, here’s a well written guide for that: Install a WordPress sandbox on a PC