I really do not want to install Linux at the moment, I would have to borrow a USB key, move files, format it, flash it, format it again, move files back, give it back...

What would you recommend that is lightweight, easily and cleanly uninstallable afterwards (will install Linux when I get a new DVD-ROM, which will be in ~2 weeks), that also supports PHP and SQL? To be precise, I want to install a Wordpress blog, a few plugins, etc, and develop a theme.

If there is no such thing for Windows (7, x64 if that matters), let me know too, I will borrow the USB key then (even though it's a pain).

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What you are looking for is XAMPP Portable Lite http://www.apachefriends.org/en/xampp-windows.html. XAMPP is a "Apache distribution containing MySQL, PHP and Perl" and you can use it for developing your website on your local pc.

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    Or WAMP (the pure windows install) wampserver.com/en
    – joesk
    Commented Nov 28, 2012 at 14:26
  • Cool stuff, I like that it's portable!
    – Jack
    Commented Nov 30, 2012 at 15:23

What you need is any kind of a so-called "WAMP stack". There are many solutions out there to choose from, see a comparison of WAMPs.

Although the most popular one is probably XAMPP, my recommendation would be to use Uniform Server instead. Uniform Server is much lighter and easier to manage than XAMPP. And it doesn't need an installation, so you can even run it from a USB stick without a problem.

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