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I just installed Drupal 6.3 locally on a Vista machine after using a freshly downloaded WAMP for Apache etc. Typing http://localhost/drupal6.3 in my browser opens Drupal's welcome page. However, none of the admin links work. For example, when I click on the menu link to Administer I don't get anywhere. I can see that the Administer link is supposed to take me to http://localhost/drupal6.3/?q=admin, but nothing happens for several minutes, and when I get there all I have is a blank white page. I can't access help, as it looks like that is under q=admin.
A couple of clues (maybe). At the top of the page was a warning message that said "Cron has not run. Please visit the status report for more information." The words "status report" are a hyperlink, but like many of the hyperlinks on the intro page it does not work, apparently because it is also under q=admin (http://localhost/drupal6.3/?q=admin/reports/status), and I can't access anything under admin. However, I found how to manually run cron, which I did, and it makes no difference other than removing the cron-has-not-run error message.
If I reboot the computer I notice I am still logged in to Drupal. The log out link works, but if I log out and log back in no change/same problem.
I am a Drupal newbe so if you have a suggestion please don't assume I know anything! Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
PS I think I read somewhere that people found that changing the theme corrected a problem like this. Is there a way to change the theme in Windows Explorer (by downloading a theme and copying it into a Drupal directory, and maybe modifying a file to point to the new theme)? I can't use Admin tools to change the theme since I can't get there.