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I think that's enough computer setup stuff for one weekend

Add this to httpd.conf:
LoadModule php7_module "C:\Website\PHP\php7apache2_4.dll"
AddType application/x-httpd-php .php
PHPIniDir "C:\Website\PHP"

Also had to redo the port forwarding on my router because the PC's MAC address had changed

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Got Apache + PHP working on Windows.
Seems the magic recipe is PHP 7.4 (7.4.23)/VC15 from here:
windows.php.net/download/
then Apache Lounge's latest from here:
apachelounge.com/download/
PHP 8.0 doesn't seem to work yet due to a VC library version issue.

Cool that it has OpenPGP integration if I ever want to use that

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Thunderbird is a pretty good e-mail client, has replaced the aging Windows Live Mail 2012 from my old setup

Come to think of it, well done for Windows booting into entirely new hardware (apart from the one hard disk and two graphics cards) without complaining about licensing issues...

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Activated XMP on my RAM in the BIOS and the PC rebooted onto *my old hard disk*. I thought it was taking a long time. Anyway, had to do this to set its partition as "inactive" so it can't boot from it: minitool.com/lib/hard-disk-act

While copying my files over, the old HDD is at 80% activity and the SSD is averaging about 5% activity

Turned out I actually just had to be patient, as 15 minutes later the Windows Setup screen would appear. This is not before panicking and restarting 10 times, trying all the BIOS settings and even re-flashing the BIOS to the latest version.

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Scary part:

BIOS recognising the old optical drive seemed flaky, had to go into pre-UEFI compat mode. Then Windows DVD briefly showed the Windows logo, which then corrupted and flickered away, leaving black screen with a flashing cursor, and 100% optical and disk activity.

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Wrinkles along the way:

Only half my RAM showed up in the BIOS first time because only one end had actually seated in the slot.

Couldn't put the optional 2nd 140mm fan on the cooler because it either sat above the RAM or some MOBO "armour", making it too high for the case.

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Now writing this from my new PC. Short version:

Ryzen 5900X (12-core)
Noctua NH-D15 chromax.black cooler
MSI MAG B550 Tomahawk motherboard
32GB DDR4 RAM
2TB SSD
2TB mirror+10TB storage HDDs (+1TB old)
Inherited existing R7 360 and RX 580
1050W Cougar GX PSU

I suppose the simplest way to put it is: not everything that makes money is growing the economy

If all the resistors in your electronics became $50 and the companies making them were celebrating how profitable they were, would that be growing or shrinking the economy in real terms? This sort of fallacy is everywhere

The big heap of sand not being used for anything is becoming a landmark of my street

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