XAMPP is a popular distribution including Apache and PHP. It will make it easy to install a development environment on your PC. XAMPP supports Windows, Mac and Linux.
If you are reading this slide, the answer is probably yes. You should never run an Apache + PHP distribution in a deployment environment but it may be a good starting point if you are having troubles installing Apache and PHP in the right way.
Download a version of XAMPP that matches your architecture (Windows, Mac or Linux).
Install a minimal set, including Apache and PHP only. Remove all optional components.
You can find a step-by-step guide here: http://www.wikihow.com/Install-XAMPP-for-Windows. Do not install MySQL or phpMyAdmin - just Apache and PHP.
This is a requirement for MongoDB on Windows. You will not be able to run MongoDB if you do not follow this step.
How to do it depends from the version of Windows you are using. Google is your friend.
From your control pannel, start Apache. You will find your web server's home page at http://localhost/.
You will be able to run PHP files stored in the XAMP\htdocs folder.
Look at the XAMPP FAQs here.
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