Ok, nevermind. Got WAMPserver installed, as suggested by others, and the script in the book runs just fine, as is. None of the changes mentioned in other posts were even necessary. Only problem is with httpd configuration and or php.ini file in most cases.
So, IF you can get WAMP installed correctly, dump all of your files in C:\wamp\www, click on the local host icon in the task bar, and run everything from there. Runs just fine, as is. wow. : )))
Next step, maybe once my brain becomes unfrazzled from reading all the various forums and suggestions from google about how to manually set up a wamp stack, will be to compare the WAMPserver files to the numerous other suggestions and see how they differ from one another. Gotta' keep tryin'. : )
This post has been edited by wedge_22661: 20 January 2013 - 02:41 PM