Drupal on Windows with IIS installation problem and solution

I’ve been looking at redoing my website boatblogger.com using Drupal instead of the Roller weblogger. Most of the users that started using boatblogger found roller a little to frustrating and eventually left for the bigger free blogging services. I’m also researching CMS systems to replace our home grown article publishing system at work so it’s a
valuable learning experience in that regard as well!

Anyhow, while my hosted servers run Linux, I use Windows as my desktop so to setup my Drupal dev environment I installed the latest 4.x release of PHP to run in IIS along with MySQL. After the installation I received these errors on the top of each page:

Notice: Undefined index: pass in c:\inetpub\wwwroot\includes\database.mysql.inc on line 31

Warning: session_start(): Cannot send
session cookie – headers already sent by (output started at
c:\inetpub\wwwroot\includes\database.mysql.inc:31) in
c:\inetpub\wwwroot\includes\session.inc on line 10

Warning: session_start(): Cannot send
session cache limiter – headers already sent (output started at
c:\inetpub\wwwroot\includes\database.mysql.inc:31) in
c:\inetpub\wwwroot\includes\session.inc on line 10

warning: Cannot modify header information – headers already sent….

After 25 minutes of Googling I finally found that the solution was to edit C:\Windows\php.ini and change the error reporting line to the following:

error_reporting = E_ALL & ~E_NOTICE;

This suppresses PHP warnings from getting sent to the users browser and fixed the issue for me.

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