Drupal installation .htaccess error

Just a few days ago, i installed Drupal on my computer for the first time. it went ok just until i wanted to configure my Drupal site for the first time. I was served with a 500 internal error page when i was trying to access the index page. my computer runs on Windows XP and i use Apache 2.0.55 as the web server.

after googling around and asking why the problem happened in the Drupal Forum, i found that something wrong in the .htaccess mostly becomes the cause of the problem. So that i tried to use the .htaccess that come with Drupal, but still, it didn't resolve the problem.

So now if it happens to you also maybe by doing the following changes to your httpd.conf of your Apache server might helps

<directory "/Applications/xampp/xamppfiles/htdocs">
  # Possible values for the Options directive are "None", "All",
  # or any combination of:
  # Indexes Includes FollowSymLinks SymLinksifOwnerMatch ExecCGI MultiViews
  # Note that "MultiViews" must be named *explicitly* --- "Options All"
  # doesn't give it to you.
  # The Options directive is both complicated and important. Please see
  # http://httpd.apache.org/docs/2.2/mod/core.html#options
  # for more information.
  Options Indexes FollowSymLinks ExecCGI Includes

  # AllowOverride controls what directives may be placed in .htaccess files.
  # It can be "All", "None", or any combination of the keywords:
  # Options FileInfo AuthConfig Limit
  AllowOverride All

  # Controls who can get stuff from this server.
  Order allow,deny
  Allow from all


Remember to make the changes in the </directory "path/to/your/htdocs">. Thanks to hunthunthunt who posted it in Drupal Forum.