Using WAMP to run / develop Drupal Websites on your Local Computer

I recently decided to install WAMP so that I could speed up my development, and work on my development projects on my laptop while not within internet coverage.  There are a number of ways to do this, but one of the more popular is the WAMP package (www.wampserver.com) which automagically installs the server packages you need to run most modern sites, including Drupal.