Installing WordPress might seem like a simple enough task, but if you’ve got a Windows 2003/IIS environment the task is quite difficult. This is made all the more complex given the wide range of tutorials on the internet that explain part of the solution, but not all of it.
After some weeks tweaking various versions of PHP and MySQL I finally found a tutorial that worked over on the IIS Admin Blog. The tutorial leads you through both the installation of PHP 5 and MySQL 5 and then through the WordPress installation that will work even with 2.8.4.
The result is, well, a fully functional WordPress installation. This website is proof of that success.