Magento PHP curl extenstion in WAMP

While installing Magento on WAMP, an error might pop up during installation:

Even though curl extension is enabled from the WAMP icon in System tray, it might not work in Windows 7 or Windows 8 64 bit version. To fix it, first edit the following files:

File php.ini: C:\wamp\bin\apache\apache2.2.22\bin\php.ini
File php.ini: C:\wamp\\bin\php\php5.3.13\php.ini
File phpForApache.ini: C:\wamp\bin\php\php5.3.13\phpForApache.ini

Edit all those files, search for “curl” and uncomment the line by removing semicolon in front of it:

Now, download the appropriate curl extension for you PHP version:

php_curl-5.3.13-VC9-x64.zip

php_curl-5.4.3-VC9-x64.zip

Replace the file at C:\wamp\bin\php\php5.4.3\ext\\php_curl.dll with the downloaded one. Restart WAMPServer.

This issue was resolved in WAMPServer 2.2 on WIndows 7 x64 bit and Windows 8 x64 bit.

Samsung Quick Starter for Windows 8

Windows 8 doesn’t have the good old Start button. Microsoft left their dedicated desktop users in the lurch because it doesn’t provide any option to bring back the Start button and menu. That’s where vendors like Samsung come in. An app called Quick Starter released by Samsung intends to provide a replacement for the Start Button in Windows 8.

Samsung Quick Starter app for Windows 8

In addition to Start button and menu, Quick Starter provides a dock where additional category buttons can be created. Shortcuts, folders, files can be dropped onto these categories for easy access.

Download Quick Starter

Disable thumbnails caching in Windows 8

To disable automatically creating thumbnails cache files “Thumbs.db” in Windows 8:

  1. Open Run dialog: “Windows Key + r”.
  2. Type and run: gpedit.msc
  3. Navigate to: User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > File Explorer.
  4. Set this option to Enabled: “Turns off the caching of thumbnails in hidden thumbs.db files.”

Turn off thumbnails caching in Windows 8