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Magento is beta, you know that, I know that, we all know that. What that means is, when it is 1.0, do you think it will be perfect? Probably not. So, why do you want to switch to Magento? Is it really for the back-end admin panel? Is it really that good?
What you have to ask yourself is how much effort do you want to put into the on-going support, maintenance, and development of your store. If you’re 2/3rds done and after launch it’s just “use it” “use it” “use it”, then continue and use it. But, if you think that the Magento community is going to really develop some tools that you want to integrate, because you have grand ideas about your store’s future, then maybe it’s worth switching to Magento.
If someone’s going down the path of development already, I could not counsel them to wait and switch to a brand new product with no track record and to throw away a site that is 2/3rds finished because of a pretty back-end. What I would say is, if you want to switch:
* limit your work done on the existing solution (revise your list of must-have features and want features)
* set a realistic target date for switching (maybe 6 months after being in operation with another solution)
* start planning work cut from step one to be completed in Magento
* use revenue from your existing solution to fund the transfer
We’ll still be here in 6 months, believe me. Don’t try to turn around a speeding train in mid-transit. Go with the flow, plan plan plan, be persistent, and you won’t be disappointed.
I always wonder why people are so loyal to hosts that don’t give them what they want. People want X,Y, and Z to run product Q, there’s a million hosts which offer X,Y, and Z, customer wants Q, but sticks with a host that doesn’t give them what they want. I never understand it. It’s like not switching printers to one that makes color business cards for your business when your current printer only gives you black and white cards.
If you need specific help installing on WinXP, post your specific error. There are many threads dealing with XAMP and Windows setup. I couldn’t give you any particular advice because I haven’t run into any errors. XAMP + Magento + WinXP just works for me. A common problem tho is not having “AllowOverride All” in your default host or vhost definition.