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While installing Magento on XAMPP – I got this petty restriction

PHP Extension “curl” must be loaded

Simple XAMPP Solution

  1. Goto the php directory, in my case
    C:\xampp\php
  2. Then open the php.ini file & find extension=php_curl.dll
    uncomment that code by removing the ; (semi-colon)
  3. Restart your xampp/wamp server

You are good to go 🙂

While installing Magento on WAMP:
For most of you out there simply editing the php.ini file must have worked if not then so here is the solution.

You would need a 64bit compatible php_curl.dll.

Simply replace it here: C:\wamp\bin\php\php5.3.13\ext

And you are set for magento to start with WAMP without any error.