I believe that you are using XAMPP 1.7.2 that contains PHP 5.3.0. At present Joomla! is not certified to work with PHP 5.3.0. You have to use a lesser version of PHP (e.g., PHP 5.2.9). So, uninstall the current version of 1.7.2.
Download XAMPP 1.7.1 from http://sourceforge.net/projects/xampp/files/
and install it. It should solve your problem.
(sigh) Thanks for the answer, but it's a bit sad that Joomla's not up to speed on PHP and, worse, that there's no PHP version check on the installation routine. I suppose that this also explains why I got errors like:
Deprecated: Assigning the return value of new by reference is deprecated in /Users/fredriley/Sites/joomla/libraries/pattemplate/patTemplate.php on line 1424
Deprecated: Assigning the return value of new by reference is deprecated in /Users/fredriley/Sites/joomla/libraries/pattemplate/patErrorManager.php on line 202
during the installation, and:
Deprecated: Function ereg_replace() is deprecated in /Users/fredriley/Sites/joomla/modules/mod_footer/mod_footer.php on line 24
Deprecated: Function ereg_replace() is deprecated in /Users/fredriley/Sites/joomla/modules/mod_footer/mod_footer.php on line 30
afterwards. So there's me messing around with permissions on configuration.php and thinking about whether I need to edit the error_reporting directive in php.ini to make it less strict, and after all that it turns out that I've got the 'wrong' version of PHP installed - D'OH!! So that's 45 minutes of my life I'll not get back. Guess it's time to download an old version of XAMPP, uninstall the current version, install the old version, and try again with the wash 'n' go web browser installation. This is not a good start, as all I'm wanting to do is evaluate Joomla as a CMS for small sites, yet I find I have to dig into the support fora just for the installation ;(
Never mind, I'm sure I'll grow to love it :-|
PS: Can the captcha be made a bit more difficult to read? It only took me 5 goes to register and I've good eyesight... ;(
PPS: It is not
a good idea to send the username and password in the registration confirmation email in clear text. I used one of my medium-secure passwords on this site and that's now compromised. As a suggestion, advise registering users that the password will be sent in clear text, so that they know to use a disposable login.