AMPPS and phpList
Personally I prefer AMPPS as it is a similar package to XAMPP BUT it also comes with 100's of software programs like phpList, Joomla, CMS, PHP apps are ready to install from within itself.
Download from AMPPS, run the Wizard (exe) file, Click Next, Accept the agreement and click Next, Next, Next to accept the default installation path (Recommended), Next, select which icons you wish creating and click Next, then click Install. Finally click Finish.
The control panel automatically starts up and you can see that both Apache and MySQL have started.
Clicking on the House brings up the AMPPS front page with all the software available listed by catageory.
Open up the Mails catageory and select phpList. Click Install tab.
Fill in a few details, such as the folder you wish to be created for your phplist install, admin name & password etc.
Clickthe grey Install button near the bottom of the page and wait for AMPPS to complete the installation.
Once complete, you'll be offered the links to your phpList install and it's admin access.
You can also find these from the All Installations link at the bottom of the AMPPS home page.
That's it, you've installed phpList on your computer and are ready to experiment with phpList, deign a template, design your first message and so on.
Important Note: You cannot test the Send A Message or Send Test Message as you are on your computer, not on your web server.