After installing XAMPP on my local machine (Windows 10), I proceeded to unzipping the wordpress files. In the last step I access http://localhost/WP, enter my details and click on install wordpress. After about a 30 seconds wait I get the WSOD (White screen of death, HTTP error 500). In those 30 seconds I noticed many .frm and .ibd files are being created in my database folder. It seems like a timeout issue to me.
I tried changing the timeout out in the php.ini-production and php.ini-development from 30 to 90, but to no avail. I am not too sure if it is working.
I also tried looking for the .htaccess file but could not find it. I understand there is possibly some timeout parameter there too
Any help appreciated