I am setting up a local hosting environment with Nextcloud, Wordpress and a few other things and to that end I installed Xampp which always has been an excellent and simple alternative to run a LAMP in a Windows environment.
However, when trying to install Nextcloud it will not run on PHP 8, which is not a surprise, so I look in the Xampp documentation to downgrade PHP to 7.4 branch and it says I should pay attention to the Apache build being CV9 or CV11 and that is a tidbit I do not really know what it is, especially considering the PHP downloads from https://windows.php.net/download#php-7.4-ts-vc15-x64 are labeled CV15.
The instructions are:
Download a binary build of the PHP version that you wish to use from the PHP website, and extract the contents of the compressed archive file to your XAMPP installation directory (usually, C:\xampp). Ensure that you give it a different directory name to avoid overwriting the existing PHP version. For example, in this tutorial, we’ll call the new directory C:\xampp\php5-6-0.
Ensure that the PHP build you download matches the Apache build (VC9 or VC11) in your XAMPP platform.
Within the new directory, rename the php.ini-development file to php.ini. If you prefer to use production settings, you could instead rename the php.ini-production file to php.ini.
Edit the httpd-xampp.conf file in the apache\conf\extra\ subdirectory of your XAMPP installation directory. Within this file, search for all instances of the old PHP directory path and replace them with the path to the new PHP directory created in Step 1.
In particular, be sure to change the lines
LoadModule php5_module "/xampp/php/php5apache2_4.dll"
LoadModule php5_module "/xampp/php5-6-0/php5apache2_4.dll"
Remember to adjust the file and directory paths above to reflect valid paths on your system.
Restart your Apache server through the XAMPP control panel for your changes to take effect.
Are those still relevant in this case?