Have I read the related troubleshooter articles above before posting (which pages?)? Yup
Have I searched the tickets before posting? No
Have I read the documentation before posting (which pages?)? Yup
Joomla! version: 1.5.25
PHP version: 5.3.8
MySQL version: mysqlnd 5.0.8-dev
Host: XAMPP on Windows 7
Akeeba Backup version which took the backup: most recent for Joomla 1.5
Kickstart version used to extract the backup: 3.4.1
Description of my issue:
Suggestion. I'm "restoring" a live site to a local XAMPP copy. I decided to see what issues might come up under php 5.3 (for me), so I am using the 5.3.8 php version. I did modify the php.ini file as suggested (thanks!)
I want to suggest that you handle detection of an ".htaccess" file in a similar manner to your warning/detection of running under XAMPP. After installation, etc. I found that it only gives a 500 error, until I rename/remove the .htaccess file.
Similarly, when I read the suggested FAQ/Documentation pages (yes I did), although it mentioned the "500" error, it didn't suggest a possible solution of removing the .htaccess file.
Hope the above is clear